Special Operations Forces troops trained administering medical aid in austere conditions

Special Operations Forces troops trained administering medical aid in austere conditions

It is heard increasingly more often among NATO allies that forces should undergo training for austere, even Spartan deployment conditions in potential future military conflicts. Such as fractured chains of logistic supply and communication prevent forces from obtaining the weapons, equipment and information they need but the fight has to be fought and won. Medical aid grows in importance significantly in preserving lives and fighting spirit, and much more, the support and the will of the people to resist the aggressor.

During the first week this March several dozens of Lithuanian and U.S. Special Operations Forces military medics exchanged experience and acquired new skills based on methods and syllabuses of a Prolonged Field Care (PFC) and medical support to resistance training. Such skills are critical in a complex environment of a conflict of outright chaos. Military personnel training delivering best medical aid in situations of disrupted or denied medical evacuation according to a number a feasible scenarios. The trainees also practiced planning and organizing a viable medical support network in a complex situation, hazardous environment, running short on supplies or being denied the much needed evacuation of casualties.

“Medical cooperation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the United States Special Operations Command Europe is conducted by sharing the special experience at our disposal in provision of treatment and medical care after missing the casualty evacuation deadline as laid out in corresponding doctrines and in unconventional medical planning,” Commander of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces Col Mindaugas Mažonas said.

The skills developed at the training course will be challenged in medical scenarios at exercises Flaming Sword 2022 and Trojan Footprint 2022, but above all, it will enhance readiness and expertise of Lithuanian and American special forces in rendering higher level medical care in hostile environment, as well as mutual understanding and interoperability of allies.

“After this, we have a better understanding of you, which is a booster to the motivation to back up you country whatever conditions may come,” said a U.S. Special Operations Forces member after the event.

“I never thought it was possible to get the gist of battlefield medical aid with denied casualty evacuation, limited supplies and the need for medical expertise to ensure effective care of the casualty so quickly,” a Lithuanian special forces member told after the training.

The Lithuanian Special Operations Forces collaborate with the U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) in delivering a higher level tactical casualty care course teaching paramedics to ensure prehospitalization care, training Special Operations Forces surgical teams and planning and executing hostile environment medical aid tasks. The area of expertise is planned to be further developed with systematic and scientifically-backed solutions that could ensure effective medical assistance in complex environment. The international training course was attended by National Defence Volunteer Force members on Lithuania’s behalf as well.

The Lithuanian Special Operations Forces aim to enhance their expertise in tactical medicine and to pass on the experience to other units of the Lithuania Armed Forces.

Information credits: Lithuanian Special Operations Forces. Photo credits: U.S. military personnel