Historically, the early days of combat have revealed Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) systems to be disjointed and inefficient. This has been validated by years of experience at the Combat Training Centers (CTC). On the average, 50% of our Wounded in Action (WIA) at the CTCs later die of wounds due to lack of timely triage and CASEVAC.
This newsletter, targeted at Task Force Commanders, focuses on how the commander and members of the battle staff plan, prepare, and execute casualty evacuation (CASEVAC). It contains substantial input from the Academy of Health Sciences, derived from Combat Training Center (CTC) observations. It provides relevant and useful information to brigade and battalion commanders (maneuver and logistics) to help increase their understanding of their medical assets. Lastly, it contains many Tactics and Techniques (TT) proven successful at the CTCs and, if adopted by medical company commanders and platoon leaders, will increase the efficiency of their units.
The challenge for our leaders has always been to strike that critical balance between mission success and welfare of the soldiers. Command emphasis and thorough understanding of the CASEVAC system, training to standard, and sound medical planning at the TF level brings this dilemma into sharp focus and facilitates successful accomplishment of both those objectives.
Brigadier General, USA
Table of Contents
Section I: Historical Example
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