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Ft. Sill trains with medical helicopters

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FORT SILL, Okla._Soldiers on Ft. Sill were given the grizzly task of removing an injured fellow soldier via helicopter in a training exercise Thursday.

Drill sergeants from Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery took part in Thursday's hands-on training so that it could one day could help them save a life or their own while in combat.

Soldiers worked calmly and together through the exercise to help possibly save a soldier's life under some of the most stressful circumstances. The scenario they went through involved them coming to help a fellow comrade in trouble after falling from the roof. The soldiers then had to call in some extra help in the form of a medical helicopter.

Remaining calm and more importantly keeping the injured soldier calm is important. The injured soldier was loaded up on to a makeshift ambulance, and prepared for flight. While it looked real, this was just a training scenario and something Drill Sergeant Cliffton Flucas said helps in preparing for the real thing.

"I think it's of the utmost importance. Being a drill sergeant we are all about training. That is our basis. So we get an opportunity to train on something that could possibly safe someone's life I think is priceless," said Drill Sgt. Flucas.

For Echo Battery Commander, Captain Jacob Dudley, getting hands-on experience for his drill sergeants and himself is an excellent opportunity.

"In the classroom we can talk amongst ourselves and think we all have the right answer but when you go and execute it, you're going to find the holes in your plan or where you're wrong on how to do things. So, actually executing it we get the feedback from the people that do it everyday in the helicopter and tell us what to do better," said Cpt. Dudley.

Captain Dudley's drill sergeants agree that hands on training is key to survival.

"To practice it, to become tight at the skills we need to do to execute it, I mean, I think it's very important," said Drill Sgt. Flucas.

Not only did the drill sergeants learn how to get the casualty to the civilian helicopter, they also learned how to prepare them for the flight nurses.

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