63 Soldiers recertify on CLS

Soldiers of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, carry “Tough Kelly,” a two-hundred pound simulated casualty, from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter while training on medevac procedures during the units’ combat lifesaver recertification course in Big Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, March 14th, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Ron Raflik, Michigan Army National Guard/Released)

It was a colder than normal spring day, but that didn’t hinder the training opportunity for Soldiers of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, of Big Rapids, and members of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, of Grand Ledge. Delta Company conducted combat lifesaver recertification training for 63 of its Soldiers during the March drill weekend.

“These types of joint training events do not happen very often between aviation and infantry, although very beneficial to our infantry Soldiers for familiarization of possible real world scenarios,” said 1st Lt. Judson Rambaud, Delta Company’s executive officer.

The aviation element provided the Soldiers the opportunity to experience the actual scenario of a combat medevac. During the training, Soldiers did walkthrough cold-loads while the helicopters were not running. This provided the opportunity to load and unload the casualty with guidance and supervision from the flight crew.

“Once the bird is running, you won’t hear verbal commands,” said Crew Chief Sgt. Jeff Doebler. “That’s why we do the cold loads.”

The Blackhawks were on site for several hours and each Soldier had the opportunity to hot load the simulated casualty. Once this segment of training was complete, the Soldiers resumed the classroom portion of the recertification process.

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