WIESBADEN, BW, GERMANY
Photo by Tony Sweeney
Col. Steven Birchfield, the U.S. Army Europe Command Surgeon, presents awards to members of the German Navy who were instrumental in ensuring the success of the International Combat Live Saver Course held at Clay Kaserne for the past four years as well as German leadership and medic proficiency badges.
The German Navy officers and non-commissioned officers were awarded the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Accommodation Medal for their work building and advancing the strong bonds between the German Armed Forces, U.S. Army Europe, and the NATO Alliance.
“There is no operation where Germany goes alone, therefore it is important to train in early stages to operate together, said KorvetternKapitän Dirk Matheis, of the German Navy. “Besides the training benefits, it is also very to get to know the multinationals taking part in the training. “
The results speak for themselves as over 1,500 students alone were trained at the German and U.S. Army led International Combat Lifesaver Course. They also set in motion a semiannual exchange program between Army Europe NCO’s and the German Navy Petty Officer School that provided invaluable opportunities to exchange trainers and help build networks of understanding and professionalism between the Armies.
“We are very lucky to have high-demand, high-quality training with the international Combat Life Saver Course,” said Col. Steven Birchfield, the Deputy, U.S. Army Europe Command Surgeon. “We bring around expert instructors from all over the international community and these guys are the very best paramedics, police paramedics, firefighters and we all come together to learn skills from one another to be better in combat. It’s important to recognize our partners, allies, and those folks who help put it all together, provide us with the expertise in training so that we as a community can be better for it.”
The next International Combat Lifesaver Course is scheduled for 11 – 14 February 2019 and there are currently 50 soldiers and police scheduled to attend the course at Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany. Units interested in sending soldiers to participate contact Major Antonio Chang at +49 611-143-537-0058. Registration deadline for this course is January 15, 1019.