Task Force Sparta holds medical training with Kenyan Defense Forces

KENYA- U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ryan Waller, Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technician and Deliberate Kindle instructor, explains the final portion of the tactical combat medical training to Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees, so as to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ryan Waller, Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technician and Deliberate Kindle instructor, explains the final portion of the tactical combat medical training to Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees, so as to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- A U.S. Navy Sailor from Task Force Sparta, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, conducts tactical combat medical training for Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. Deliberate Kindle is a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course designed to provide training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and medical training to approximately 53 KDF in preparation for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- A U.S. Navy Sailor from Task Force Sparta, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, conducts tactical combat medical training for Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. Deliberate Kindle is a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course designed to provide training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and medical training to approximately 53 KDF in preparation for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- Combat engineers with the Kenyan Defense Force review improvised explosive device (IED) study guides during Deliberate Kindle 2016, a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course taught by Task Force Sparta, Sept. 13, at a Kenyan training center. U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians and a dive independent duty corpsman provided training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and tactical combat medical care training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers in preparation for the KDF’s deployment with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- Combat engineers with the Kenyan Defense Force review improvised explosive device (IED) study guides during Deliberate Kindle 2016, a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course taught by Task Force Sparta, Sept. 13, at a Kenyan training center. U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians and a dive independent duty corpsman provided training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and tactical combat medical care training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers in preparation for the KDF’s deployment with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ryan Waller, Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technician and Deliberate Kindle instructor, shows Kenyan Defense Force soldiers and officers how to properly use a tourniquet during tactical combat medical training, Sept. 14, 2016, at a Kenyan training center. Deliberate Kindle is a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course designed to provide training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and medical training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers in preparation for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ryan Waller, Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technician and Deliberate Kindle instructor, shows Kenyan Defense Force soldiers and officers how to properly use a tourniquet during tactical combat medical training, Sept. 14, 2016, at a Kenyan training center. Deliberate Kindle is a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action course designed to provide training in countering improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, train-the-trainer, and medical training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers in preparation for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class Nick Mettler, assigned to Task Force Sparta and currently deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, races Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during a buddy carry lesson for the tactical combat medical training portion of Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class Nick Mettler, assigned to Task Force Sparta and currently deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, races Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during a buddy carry lesson for the tactical combat medical training portion of Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA – Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers use mine detectors to scan the road for mock-improvised explosive devices during their final portion of tactical combat medical training during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA – Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers use mine detectors to scan the road for mock-improvised explosive devices during their final portion of tactical combat medical training during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- U.S. Navy Hospitalman 1st Class Aaron Christensen, a dive independent duty corpsman assigned to Task Force Sparta, teaches tactical combat medical care to approximately 53 Kenyan Defense Force soldiers and officers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Assistance training to course attendees, to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- U.S. Navy Hospitalman 1st Class Aaron Christensen, a dive independent duty corpsman assigned to Task Force Sparta, teaches tactical combat medical care to approximately 53 Kenyan Defense Force soldiers and officers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 14, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Assistance training to course attendees, to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA- U.S. Navy Sailors from Task Force Sparta, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, demonstrate the final portion of the tactical combat medical training to Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA- U.S. Navy Sailors from Task Force Sparta, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, demonstrate the final portion of the tactical combat medical training to Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
KENYA – Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers conduct simulated medical care during a mine strike exercise as part of tactical combat medical training for Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees, so as to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image KENYA – Kenyan Defense Force combat engineers conduct simulated medical care during a mine strike exercise as part of tactical combat medical training for Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 15, at a Kenyan training facility. The medical training was just one portion of the four-week course taught by Task Force Sparta, which is currently deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The course was designed to give Humanitarian Mine Action training to course attendees, so as to prepare them for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)

“FREEZE! FREEZE! FREEZE!” a soldier shouts after a simulated blast. He quickly uses a mine detector to scan for additional mock explosives in his path to an injured comrade, and begins simulating first aid. 

 

This was one scenario used by U.S Navy Sailors from Task Force Sparta, currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, as they taught tactical combat medical training to approximately 53 Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) soldiers and officers, Sept. 13-15, at a Kenyan training center.

 

“We are providing care under fire training for the combat engineers so they have a little bit more base knowledge of medicine while in a combat zone,” said U.S. Navy Hospitalman 1st Class Aaron Christensen, a dive independent duty corpsman.  “And also to help them provide better care to their fellow soldiers, and (if need be) the local population [in] the areas they are deployed to.”

 

The soldiers learned basic CPR, first aid, buddy carries, how to stop massive bleeding, and how to use tourniquets, splints and compression bandages during the three-day class.

 

“The doctor, (Christensen), taught us something that we didn’t have knowledge of before, and we are very much grateful. From the start to this point we are far [more knowledgeable] than where we were in the beginning,” said KDF Lance Cpl. Mohamed, combat engineer. “How to control massive bleeding is what I am most interested in, because without blood you are nobody. So the first thing you have to do for a casualty who gets hurt is stop the bleeding.”

 

The KDF soldiers had some first aid knowledge before the training, but that knowledge was approximately 10 years old. The Task Force Sparta team was able to teach the soldiers more up-to-date medical techniques to better prepare them to provide emergency care, said Christensen.

 

The last portion of the medical course combined the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) knowledge they gained in the first week with their new medical knowledge by practicing patrolling a road and responding to a simulated IED casualty.

 

The medical training was one part of Deliberate Kindle 2016, a four-week Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) course designed to prepare the KDF soldiers for future deployments with the African Union Mission in Somalia.   This training is critical for preparing soldiers deploying to Somalia, as al-Shabaab routinely deploys improvised explosive devices (IEDs), killing Somali National Security Forces and AMISOM soldiers, as well as innocent civilians.

 

The HMA course is scheduled to conclude Sept. 30, 2016. The KDF will have gained additional knowledge in countering IEDs, and medical knowledge to help them provide basic medical care for their future deployments in AMISOM.

 

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