Trainees assigned to 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, S.C., load a mock injured Soldier into a Black Hawk helicopter Oct. 18, 2021, as part of Tactical Combat Casualty Care, also known as TCCC. The trainee’s skills to provide care and transport casualties in the field are tested during the Forge. Two helicopters and flight crews assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion “Dust-off,” from Hunter Army Airfield located in Savannah, Ga., flew to the installation to help teach the trainees to load and unload a patient from the aircraft. Each team of trainees practiced their skills as the helicopters took off and returned to the landing zone marked by white smoke and orange flags staked into the ground to provide real-world experience during the training event. (Photo Credit: Alexandra Shea)
By Alexandra Shea, Fort Jackson Public Affairs
“We were pinned down at the objective. Medics there saved my life, without them I would have died there,” Solheim said. “They moved me under fire to a hot landing zone where birds just like this got me in and back to the Green Zone where I underwent emergency surgery.
“I’m hoping this will provide realism and can give them an introduction to what they might see in a real-world situation,” Lawrence said. “This also a great change of pace for the drill sergeants.”