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Navy Trains for Final EMF Kuwait Detachment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110215-09

By Larry Coffey, Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- More than 150 medical and support personnel en route to Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Kuwait, began receiving pre-deployment training, Jan. 31, at Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., before deploying as the final Navy EMF Kuwait detachment.

Cmdr. Ethan Josiah, NEMTI deputy officer in charge (OIC), said this will most likely be the last Navy detachment to occupy EMF Kuwait, because it is being turned over to the Army later this year. Navy Medicine's "Lima detachment" will graduate Feb. 18.

"Our mission is to organize, equip, and train personnel to provide medical support to the expeditionary medical facility in Kuwait and other remote and austere combat environments in support of Overseas Contingency Operations," Josiah said.

NEMTI training combines classroom lectures with hands-on practical and scenario-based training.

"Training is comprised of courses such as Land Navigation, Combat and Operational Stress, Rules of Engagement, Basic Radio Communications, Language Familiarization and Cultural Awareness, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), and 9 mm live-fire qualifications," Josiah said. "We provide a learning environment where personnel train, eat and are housed together; and where unit cohesion and team building can begin."

HM2 (FMF) John Bringuel, a NEMTI instructor who has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, said team building and versatility are valuable assets.

"We train Sailors to accomplish missions across the globe, whether it is in a tactical environment or on a routine humanitarian operation," Bringuel said.

Capt. Thomas Sawyer, NEMTI OIC, said the key to learning and team building is student leadership.

"The LIMA detachment is extremely motivated and has come together quickly as a team of providers and skilled technicians," Sawyer said. "I'm impressed with this group of professionals as they have responded positively to our program. I am confident they will continue Navy Medicine's Role Three mission."

NEMTI living conditions are exposing students to a common deployment scenario – the field environment. Students are using sleeping bags in open bay "huts" without heating or air conditioning. Restrooms and showers are group facilities, as is the dining facility.

"I believe the living conditions at NEMTI are preparing us for conditions we may be exposed to in other countries," said HN Earlyn Beall, dental technician. "Having grown up in the Philippines for a few years, these conditions are nothing new, except for the cold at night. The training we are being given here is definitely allowing us to learn and better practice the skills we need for deployment."

"Much of the training is based on contingencies and prepares you for those situations you hope never happen," said Capt. Ed Connelly, Student Assistant OIC and Naval Hospital Beaufort, S.C., dental officer.

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