USAF Prepares Armenian Docs to Save Lives

The Armenian military tested out its expeditionary medical skills for the first time with the help of airmen from US Air Forces in Europe’s 3rd Air Force and the Kansas Air National Guard. The Armenians deployed their only rapid-response medical package, which it purchased in 2005, to the field for the first time during a three-day exercise near Zarh, Armenia. USAF airmen simulated patients who were treated by Armenian doctors and nurses. “What I’m looking for is their thought process on how they’re going to employ [expeditionary medical support] and whether they can get it set up quickly and manage the entire medical system,” said Lt. Col. James Baldock, a 3rd AF deputy surgeon. Among its capability, the medical package gives the Armenians the ability to perform surgery in the field. (Armenia report by TSgt. Leigh Bellinger)