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Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Regional Training Institute Graduates Medics

Soldiers from across the country graduated the Health Care Specialist course earning the 68W- Combat Medic Military Occupational Specialty Sept 22, 2011  These 12 Soldiers were the first to complete all phases of training at the 175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) at Camp Ripley, Minn

The Soldiers came from units in Wash, Wis, Mich, Mo, Minn, and as far away as Honolulu, Hawaii for this 75-day course 

"I had a choice of where to come for this school," said Spec Christine Swan, Brigade Special Troops Battalion headquarters, 32nd Brigade Combat Team "I decided to come here instead of Fort Sam Houston, Texas"

The training is offered in three phases  Phase 1 consists of CPR and the Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician basic curriculum  Phase 2 consists of Limited Primary Care, Force Health Protection, Invasive Core Skills and Combat Trauma Treatment  The final part of this 382-hour training is Phase 3 which culminates in a Field Training Exercise, a Situational Training Exercise and Combat Evacuation Training All the training takes place at Camp Ripley's Regional Training Facilities

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"The training facilities are top notch," said Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Wamre, course manager, 2nd Battalion (General Studies), Camp Ripley "The training areas fit the training scenarios making training so much easier"

The unit also has teaches Military Occupational Specialty courses for 11B- Infantry, 19D- Cavalry Scout, 11B/11/C19D/19K- Maneuver Senior Leader, as well as courses for Combatives Level 1 and for Tactical Certification

22 Sept, 2011
Story and photos by Sgt John Angelo
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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