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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic F: Health Service Support

Subtopic 9: Medical Communications

Observation Synopsis

Battalion aid stations (BAS) throughout the area of operations were not uniformly equipped with an adequate means of communications. Only about half of the BAS have direct digital nonsecure voice terminal (DNVT) access, which impeded timely communication of medical information and evacuation requests. This may not be an issue on the mobile battlefield, but that is not the case in Iraq.

Lessons Learned

  • Direct telephone communication is needed between aid stations, evacuation assets, and combat support hospitals.
  • Once a semi-fixed location is established for the BAS, appropriate means of long distance communication should be established. Specifically, DNVT, secure cell phone, or satellite phone networks if feasible.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Medical Communications 10000-84000

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 8: Patient Transport
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 10: Medical Communications (Internal)

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