A three-person team from the Kansas National Guard’s 235th Regiment has returned from a weeklong trip to the Republic of Armenia where they conducted a site survey for basic medical first responder and casualty evacuation procedures. The trip concluded March 30 and was in preparation for a Basic Medical First Responder course the team will teach later in the year.
During the trip, Staff Sgt. Brian Martin, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Fox and Staff Sgt. Vernon Perkins assessed procedures the Armenian Humanitarian Demining Center currently has in place. They inspected the demining center’s medical ability, identified gaps, created an equipment list with European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action Program and developed a course of instruction tailored to the AHDC needs and equipment available. The team will return to Armenia in May to provide medical familiarization. The engagement with AHDC is coordinated through European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Clearing Branch.
"This is a great opportunity to learn more about how the medical piece of the Demining Center functions," said Martin. "Our goal is to try to add or improve their capabilities which should save lives,"
The Kansas National Guard has been partnered with the Republic of Armenia since 2003 under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.
"This event is part of a successful broader engagement between the Kansas National Guard, European Command and the Armenian Ministry of Defense to modernize and equip the Armenian Humanitarian Demining Center," said Lt. Col. Brent Salmans, State Partnership Program coordinator for the Kansas National Guard.
"We are looking forward to a number of these types of exchanges between Kansas and Armenia this year and value the opportunity to continue to learn from and share with Armenia, said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general. "In June, we will celebrate our tenth year of this strong and valuable partnership."