Tucson ANG hosts Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Combat LifeSaver

The 162nd Medical Group hosted a four-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Combat LifeSaver course at Morris Air National Guard Base, Tucson, Ariz., the week of June 17, 2022.

Air National Guard photograph by Maj. Angela Walz
A 162nd Medical Group Airman prepares a mock patient with simulated injuries for an “active shooter” exercise in which students from the 4-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat LifeSaver (CLS) courses practiced their new skills.

 

The goal was to eliminate preventable deaths by ensuring all military personnel can provide lifesaving assistance.

The nine TCCC and CLS students received in-classroom training during the week and participated in a National Guard Bureau Inspector General “active shooter” exercise on the final day of training to implement their newly learned skills.

Air National Guard photograph by Maj. Angela Walz
An instructor discusses life-saving care provided by 162nd Medical Group personnel on mock patients with simulated injuries during an “active shooter” exercise in which students from the 4-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat LifeSaver (CLS) courses practiced their new skills.

 

TCCC was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide evidence-based, lifesaving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield. The four different tiers of TCCC tailor to all U.S. military personnel with no experience up to physicians.

Air National Guard photograph by Maj. Angela Walz
Students from the 4-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat LifeSaver (CLS) courses taught by 162nd Medical Group personnel practice on patients with simulated injuries during an “active shooter” exercise at Morris Air National Guard Base here today.

 

Tier 1 is an All Service Members course that will be required by April 2023 then every 36 months and within 12 months of deploying for all members with a non-medical Air Force Specialty Code. Tier 2 is the Combat Life Saver course, which must be accomplished once by August 2023 and within 12 months of deploying for medical AFCSs that are not medics, nurses or physicians. Tier 3 is the Combat Medic/Corpsman Course, and Tier 4 is the Combat Paramedic/Provider course, both of which do not have published curriculum or guidance yet.

Air National Guard photograph by Maj. Angela Walz
Students from the 4-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat LifeSaver (CLS) courses taught by 162nd Medical Group personnel practice on patients with simulated injuries during an “active shooter” exercise at Morris Air National Guard Base here today.

 

“We must stress the importance of these basic lifesaving skills, not only in-theater but also in our everyday lives,” said 1st Lt. Ashley Carey, 162nd MDG Program Manager.
All TCCC content can be found on www.deployedmedicine.com, and is available to download. Teaching materials are free public content.

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