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U.S., Dutch, Ugandan medical team supporting exercise Eastern Accord 2016 in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen and U.S. Army Spc. Ron Brossard, Eastern Accord 2016 medical support team, transport a simulated casualty to a role one battalion aid station during a tactical casualty care exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 15, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Dutch, Ugandan and U.S. medical team supports approximately 200 personnel for the annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) - CLICK HERE FOR 6 MORE PHOTOS

Though they are not part of the training audience, the U.S., Dutch and Ugandan medical team supporting exercise Eastern Accord 2016 held their own multinational exercise on July 15, 2016, at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The three medical teams provide real world care to the EA16 training audience during their stay in Tanzania. Bringing their own supplies, the medical staff took the opportunity to learn about each other’s practices.

“It is a good experience being here for two weeks, practicing with each other, getting to know each other and how we operate with our materials. It is very good training,” said Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen, trauma nurse.

The exercise involved two simulated casualties scattered in the field in front of the training center. Without hesitation, the medics ran out of the training center to discover the casualties with multiple simulated wounds.

“We basically went through management over the casualties and the incident medical team moved very fast and handled (the casualties) on the ground, controlled bleeding and quickly rushed them to a level one facility where we received them,” said Ugandan Maj. Richard Katungye, Ugandan People’s Defense Forces general physician. “After more stabilization, immediately after that, the emergency ambulance was organized and the casualties were (simulated) transferred to the local hospital.”

The training was successful but there is always room for improvement which is why training and the after action reports take place, said U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Obando, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy surgeon and EA16 officer in charge of role 1 care at the battalion aid station.

“It’s been a great experience working with the Dutch and Ugandans, we have been sharing best practices for role one operations,” said Obando. “I always enjoy working with the coalition partners every time because I always learn something new and take something away from the training and I hope they get the same when they work with us.”

These exercises have both a local and a multinational impact where the medical teams can take what they learned and apply to real world situations in the future.

“This training is important because when you look at the dynamics of security now, security is moving into an era where you will be in a mission and there will be several other players in the mission,” said Katungye. “So when you meet and do (training) together, you harmonize, so that in the execution of operations you are speaking the same language and somehow it makes your thinking even broader instead of limiting yourself to what you are practicing in your country.”

The medical staff supports approximately 200 personnel for the annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations.

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