FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Army reserve soldiers are in training at one western Wisconsin military camp. First News at Nine’s David LaClair got to talk with hospital center soldiers today as they train for deployment overseas.
Service, to our country and those in need, is an everyday commitment for soldiers like Army Sergeant Blake Small.
“It’s great to actually get out and actually make a difference in the community, help out the country. That’s what most of us signed up for,” said Small.
Small is part of the 811th Hospital Center based out of Missouri. These soldiers will soon be serving America, in Kuwait.
First, they’re spending time at fort McCoy’s Regional Training Site, learning life-saving procedures.
Col. Susan Mantell, 811th Hospital Center Commander said, “RTS-med has provided a tremendous training opportunity for us. As reserves, we need to come into a facility and train as if we were going to fight. It is set up very similar to where we are going, so we have everything from nutrition care services to ICU, ICW, operating room.
“It has civilian capabilities, as well as a unique position in the military where we are able to go all different places and do all sorts of jobs with different units. This is hospital-based, but there are also line medics and more combat-related opportunities as well,” said Small.
Capt. Richbert Sim, 325th Field Hospital Host Nation Liaison said, “Being in a medical unit, there’s a lot of things you can learn in different regions of the world, especially with the theater we’re actually stepping into. It’s in the middle east, there’s a lot you need to learn about global health.”
In a few weeks, the soldiers will review what they’ve learned.
Mantell said, “We don’t want to be figuring that out once we hit the ground and are transferring power from one facility to another.”
“It’s a pretty big deal. For some of us, this is our first deployment, so we’re excited,” said Small.
Excited for the unknown, while making sure they are prepared for whatever they may face.
At Fort McCoy, David LaClair, First News at Nine.
After their training at Fort McCoy, the 811th Hospital Center will return to its base in Independence, Missouri for testing before being deployed to the middle east later this year.