Members of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, find time to hone skills to control bleeding while deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
To save lives and prevent the leading cause of death for soldiers on the battlefield, members of the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion's Evacuation Platoon led an advance bleeding control class Aug. 8. The Fort Benning-based soldiers have ramped up training since they deployed in mid June.
Led by Staff Sgt. Ashley Gilbert and Sgt. Daniel Conklin, the soldiers showed medical personnel how to control bleeding on a simulated casualty.
Gilbert focused on the proper use of a tourniquet and how to apply combat gauze as two methods of controlling life-threatening bleeding.
Soldiers on the front lines are issued a combat gauze with their individual first-aid kit.
The gauze which has a bleeding control agent can be applied to parts of the body where a tourniquet won't work.
The proper use of the material is required before a soldier can be transported for treatment.