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AMEDDC&S Army Best Medic Competition

AMEDDC&S selects Soldier Medic Team to compete in Army Best Medic competition 

By Esther Garcia
AMEDDC&S Public Affairs

Eleven Soldiers competed in the US Army Medical Department Center and School Best Medic competition but only two came out on top. Sgt. Cody Blackmon, Medical Brigade Training Support Company, and Staff Sgt. David Nells, 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade, US Army Medical Department Center and School, placed first and second, respectively, in the competition held Oct. 7 at Camp Bullis. 

AMEDDC&S selects Soldier Medic Team to compete in Army Best Medic competition
Sgt. Cody Blackmon, 32nd Medical Brigade Training Support Company, US Army Medical Department Center and School, performs a Low Belly Over, one of five obstacles candidates encountered at Obstacle Course during the 2014 AMEDDC&S Best Medic Competition held Oct 7. Blackmon placed first in the competition and will represent the AMEDDC&S at the upcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Army Best Medic Competition in November, competing against medics from throughout the Army. 

Blackmon and Nells will be the Soldier Medic Team who will represent the AMEDDC&S and compete in the 2014 Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark, Jr. Best Medic Competition scheduled to be held Nov. 5 to 7 at Camp Bullis.

“I am very honored to be representing AMEDDC&S. I never thought that I would have an opportunity to compete against the best Medics the Army has,” Nells said.

Capt. Bradley Gregory, 187th Medical Battalion, placed third in the competition and will step in to compete in the November competition if Blackmon or Nells are unable to participate.

The non-stop 15 hour intense competition began at 1 a.m. with a 12-mile foot march through rough terrain inside Camp Bullis. The competition continued with land navigation and weapons qualification on a M16A2 rifle. By noon the competition became more grueling due to the heat and humidity. The candidates took a 15 minute break to complete a written exam, followed by the obstacle course that included swinging their bodies from a rope to the of a wall and jumping to the ground, weaving in and out of logs, mounting from a low log to a high log keeping the belly area in contact with the logs, going over an inverted wall, using balancing skills to walk or run along several logs, and performing as many pull-ups in one minute as possible. The medical lanes challenged the candidates’ physical fitness and professional skills in warrior task and various medical skills.   A very heavy 180 pound mock casualty with various injuries was waiting for the competitors to perform triage and then carry the simulated casualty to safety while under enemy attack.

AMEDDC&S selects Soldier Medic Team to compete in Army Best Medic competition
Left, Staff Sgt. David Nells and right, Staff Sgt. Victor Miranda, 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade, move a casualty weighing in at approximately 180 pounds to safety during the Medical Lane competition at the 2014 US Army Medical Department Center and School Best Medic Competition held Oct 7. This part of the competition tests the candidates' tactical cognitive, physical endurance and emergency medical skills in a pre-hospital environment. Nells finished second in the competition and will represent the AMEDDC&S at the upcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Army Best Medic Competition in November, competing against medics from throughout the Army. 
 

Nells shared his thoughts about the competition. He said, “The competition was physically demanding and the short notice I think made the playing field very competitive because there was only a week to prepare, so some of the events had us digging deep. A 12-mile road march without any train up takes a little heart. The cadre kept the events back to back not giving us a chance to clear our minds or rest our bodies so it was pretty well organized.”

 
 

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