From September 8th until September 12th, medical experts from West Virginia and New Jersey National Guards trained Qatari soldiers on how to assist and care for the wounded.
Guard members from West Virginia and New Jersey spent a week at the Qatar Emiri Land Force Artillery School in Al Rayyan municipality where they shared the best practices and techniques of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).
A total of eleven members from the Qatari Emiri Land Forces (QELF) participated. The course included hands-on instruction and application of TCCC techniques to build confidence of the participants.
Lt. Col. John Snedegar, one of the TCCC instructors, stated the following about the training exercise with Qatari soldiers: “It was very rewarding to work with our Qatari partners…”
Furthermore, Lt. Col. John Snedegar noted the following about his overall experience in Qatar: “While we are different in many ways when it comes to our culture and language, as soldiers, we have a kindred spirit when caring for the wounded. This opportunity to share best practices between us allowed everyone involved to be prepared to participate in coalition operations.”
The purpose of the exercise was to increase inter-operability capabilities of forces and to further strengthen the US-Qatar military partnership.