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2014 Army Best Medic Competition

AMEDD Center and School announces 2014 CSM Jack L. Clark, Jr. Army Best Medic Competition

Sixty-eight Soldiers from across the Army will compete in a grueling, continuous 72-hour two-Soldier team competition that will test competitor’s physical and cognitive abilities at Camp Bullis from November 5-7, 2014 in order to earn the title of the Army’s Best Medic Team.

The Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Army Best Medic Competition originally evolved from the Expert Field Medical Badge Challenge and is dedicated to the 13th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This year’s competition will be the 20th year the U.S. Army Medical Command has sought to identify the Army’s best medics.

CSM Clark was one of the most respected leaders and Noncommissioned Officers in the history of the command who understood the important role of medics in the Army and the trust Soldiers and leaders of units in combat must have in the Army Medical Department.

The first day of the competition begins with a physical fitness challenge, a rope bridge crossing with patient, an obstacle course followed by the M-16 rifle qualification range and M-9 stress shoot. Day one events end with a challenging night land navigation course designed to test the team’s ability to locate predetermine locations in the Camp Bullis training area.

The obstacle course will test the team’s agility and physical strength. The M-9 stress shoot replicates a combat situation where every shot counts. The rope bridge will test each team’s cognitive thinking and agility.

The second day of the competition begins with day land navigation where the requirements are the same as night land navigation. Upon completion of the day land navigation event, the teams will execute an urban assault course followed by military operations in urban terrain, a 12-mile foot march and concludes with the combat medic lanes.

Competitors will tackle the urban assault lane using simulated munitions. The Soldiers will be required to engage the enemy while treating casualties and defending themselves. The 12-mile foot march will test the competitor’s physical strength and endurance.

The combat medic lanes test competitors’ ability to perform combat casualty care in close quarters as well as their ability to evacuate wounded to a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) aircraft. The teams will be required to gain fire superiority, stabilize their casualty and move them to evacuation.

Events on the third day will include a night medic lane where the teams will be tested on their ability to provide medical treatment. The final event will be a timed buddy run, testing the fortitude and endurance of the competitors.

The awards ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, deputy commander, Operations, US Army Medical Command will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov 7. Keenan will present awards to the top three finishing teams and recognize all the teams for their participation and accomplishments during the 72-hour competition.

A showcase of Army Medicine capabilities in the field will be displayed and demonstrated prior to the beginning of the awards ceremony. For more information about the 2014 Army Best Medic Competition, see https://www.us.army.mil/suite/folder/43022070. Check out Army Best Medic Competition face book at: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyBestMedicCompetition


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