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US Army Medics Improve Combat Stress Treatment

Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team

U.S. Army medical professionals learned techniques to better treat combat and operational stress February 27 to March 3, 2017 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s Learning Center, Germany.

The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas sent their Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team to train “Victory Medics” from the 254th Medical Detachment (COSC), and other medical professionals, to help enhance combat effectiveness and conserve the fighting strength of Soldiers in theater.

“This course defines who we are and what we do,” said Lt. Col. Robert V. Parish, neuropsychologist and commander, 254th COSC. “With this training we will be better able to support European Command and Central Command mission now and in the future,”

The training provided the 254th COSC Team the skills to be tactically proficient in the art of expeditionary behavioral health care.

“The Primary tool for helping and managing the psychological health of the force is the combat and operational stress control teams, the detachments, of which the 254th COSC is one of six on active duty,” said Carl E. Smith, Chief of the COSC Training Branch, AMMED Center and School. “So their mission is critically important to maintaining the behavioral health or psychological health of the troops that are deployed. They are the principle vehicle we use to sustain the troops resiliency, cohesion, and esprit de corps of the troops deployed; to keep the warfighter’s vision in the war fight.”

Parish and Chaplain (Capt.) Derek D. Mosher, 254th COSC, not only attended the training but contributed to the blocks of instruction. Mosher instructed on the role of the unit ministry team in COSC operations and Parish instructed the group on the assessment and management of traumatic brain injuries in a deployed setting.

The training not only instructed behavioral health technicians, occupational health technicians, the unit ministry team, and the various behavioral health providers from the 254th COSC, but also behavioral health technicians, behavioral health providers, and a physician assistant and medic from the 16th Sustainment Brigade. LRMC behavioral health technicians and the 30th Medical Brigade chaplain were in attendance as well.

 LANDSTUHL, Germany - Behavioral health specialist Pvt. 1st Class Mariaguadalupe Colon, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat and Operational Stress, occupational health technician Spc. Eligio Camacho, 254th COSC, and physician's assistant Capt. Garrett S. Latham, 16th Sustainment Brigade, assess unit behavioral health data at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs)
LANDSTUHL, Germany – Behavioral health specialist Pvt. 1st Class Mariaguadalupe Colon, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat and Operational Stress, occupational health technician Spc. Eligio Camacho, 254th COSC, and physician’s assistant Capt. Garrett S. Latham, 16th Sustainment Brigade, assess unit behavioral health data at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL LANDSTUHL, Germany -Sgt. 1st Class Clayton C. Cope, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat and Operational Stress Control, Detachment Sgt., 1st Lt. Andrew D. Obelgoner, executive officer, 254th COSC, and Staff Sgt. Memory M. Moyo, platoon sergeant, assess unit behavioral health data during training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) LANDSTUHL, Germany -Sgt. 1st Class Clayton C. Cope, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat and Operational Stress Control, Detachment Sgt., 1st Lt. Andrew D. Obelgoner, executive officer, 254th COSC, and Staff Sgt. Memory M. Moyo, platoon sergeant, assess unit behavioral health data during training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL LANDSTUHL, Germany - The 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational and Stress Control, with assorted Soldiers from 16th Sustainment Brigade, 30th Medical Brigade HHC, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center attended training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School's Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) LANDSTUHL, Germany – The 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational and Stress Control, with assorted Soldiers from 16th Sustainment Brigade, 30th Medical Brigade HHC, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center attended training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School’s Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL
LANDSTUHL, Germany - Capt. Garrett S. Latham, physician assistant, 16th Sustainment Brigade, compiles a unit assessment from his group at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs)
LANDSTUHL, Germany – Capt. Garrett S. Latham, physician assistant, 16th Sustainment Brigade, compiles a unit assessment from his group at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL LANDSTUHL, Germany - Capt. John O. Okomu, social worker, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational Stress Control, briefs his group's unit assessment to Lt. Col. Robert J. Parish, neuropsychologist and commander, 254th COSC and Sgt 1st Class Clayton Cope, detachment sergeant, at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) LANDSTUHL, Germany – Capt. John O. Okomu, social worker, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational Stress Control, briefs his group’s unit assessment to Lt. Col. Robert J. Parish, neuropsychologist and commander, 254th COSC and Sgt 1st Class Clayton Cope, detachment sergeant, at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL LANDSTUHL, Germany - Sgt. Michael A. Bivens, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Spc. Eligio Camacho brief thier group's unit assessment at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) LANDSTUHL, Germany – Sgt. Michael A. Bivens, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Spc. Eligio Camacho brief thier group’s unit assessment at training by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team on Mar. 2, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jerome Ferrin, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Capt. Jerome Ferrin) VIEW ORIGINAL

Capt. Josue Nunez contributed to this article.

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