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Air Force Cadets join 10th SFG (A) for TCCC training

By Pfc. Jordan Worthy | 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Operational detachments with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) joined forces with cadets from the United States Air Force Academy for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training on Fort Carson.

TCCC teaches Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors how to provide care for their comrades during a combat scenario. The one-day training took place on Fort Carson May 11, 2022, and consisted of several interactive lanes in which participants were put through combat casualty care scenarios in real-time.

“This kind of training is extremely beneficial for us because it allows them to get hands-on training with some of our most experienced 18D’s (Special Forces medical sergeants),” said the Green Beret staff sgt. in charge of the training.

The USAFA cadets that participated in the training are a part of the Special Warfare Club, which specializes in training tactical air control party officers, special tactics officers and combat rescue officers.

Rijker Hudson, a USAFA cadet, said the Special Warfare Club works to best prepare cadets for life as a leader after the academy, including becoming proficient in Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

“We prepare cadets by giving them information like this so that we can be ready for future endeavors after the academy,” said Hudson.

The TCCC training is separated into three parts. The first part of the training was an indoor combat simulation room with animatronics’ that had severe trauma combat injuries. The Green Berets and cadets had to act quickly, with limited supplies to provide aid and save the casualty’s life with limited supplies available shared between all casualties.

The second part of the training consisted of inserting an IV for blood transfers into each other arms. During this part of the training, some participants learned guaranteed quick solutions to finding veins for an immediate blood transfer.

The final part of the training was an outdoor, multiple-lane exercise of real-world combat scenarios. Scenarios included two casualties from a helicopter crash with penetrative and abdominal injuries; two casualties surviving an IED vehicle incident that were unable to move out of the burning vehicle; and two unconscious casualties with limited to no physical injuries trapped in a building.

“Bringing these advanced TCCC skills back to the academy will help teach and further our knowledge,” said Hudson. “That’s something you can’t get at the academy but can only receive working with these trained professionals.”

Hudson expressed the cadets’ excitement for the opportunity to train with the 10th SFG(A) and hopes to continue to work with group in the future.

Air Force Cadets join 10th SFG (A) for TCCC training
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