Okinawa medical battalion a crucial link between battlefield and hospital
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Between the battlefield and a hospital lies a critical stage of care for a wounded sailor or Marine.
That’s the job of 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, which displayed its ability to quickly erect a self-sustaining mobile trauma and surgical unit close to the fighting during a recent three-day exercise.
A battalion team of about 60 members pieced together eight interconnecting tents and stocked them with medical equipment - an operating room, portable X-ray machine, blood-banking capabilities and space for 20 beds - in less than four hours. The facility must then be able to receive casualties within an hour of the battalion team arriving on site, battalion commander Capt. Ronald L. Schoonover told Stars and Stripes.
“It’s very important to have a dedicated team to get patients somewhere they can be treated, stabilized and sent back home,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Parks.
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