TCCC joint training exercise

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  • By Airman 1st Class Joshua Hollis
  • Space Base Delta 2 Public Affairs

Members of the 460th Medical Group, 460th Security Forces Squadron, and Colorado Army National Guard participated in a tactical combat casualty care exercise at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., July 27, 2023.

The intense training scenario simulated combat conditions, preparing the service members for real world casualty treatment and evacuation.

TSgt. Troy Maycock, Chief of Weapons and Tactics at the 460th SFS, emphasized the importance of camaraderie among the service members and strength in inter-service cooperation.

“Historical battle doctrine in the Indo-Pacific relied heavily on joint operations to gain land, sea, and air superiority,” said Maycock. “All service members must be on the same page regarding base defense, medical care, and communications before engaging in a potential future conflict. This training paved the foundation for future medical and Air Base Ground Defense (ABGD) training while enabling a fluid transition in an expeditionary joint environment.”

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Justin Shia, Pilot in Command assigned to Detachment 1, Company C, 1-168th, spoke about the importance of effective communication and teamwork in high-pressure situations. 

“In the face of intense challenges our ability to synchronize our actions and reactions becomes the foundation of our success,” said Shia. ”Each service member plays a vital role, and the harmonious collaboration of our skills and expertise is what enables us to navigate through complex scenarios with urgency and precision.”

Col. Liana Vogel, 460th Medical Group commander, explained why high intensity exercises are critical for mission readiness in the armed forces.

“The concept of TCCC is to ensure that in the absence of a combat medic, the Combat Life Saver will be able to replicate the critical techniques to sustain life for an injured member until they can be evacuated to an aid station or field hospital for further care,” said Vogel. “This training is open to all career fields and branches of service. The four-day course that took place July 24-27, 2023, was a joint effort taught by outstanding 460 Medical Group medics with the help of Navy corpsman assigned to the Joint Components Command. A special shout-out goes to TSgt T. Maycock from 460 SFS who coordinated with the Army Blackhawk unit to provide an even more realistic field training scenario for these CLS trainees!”