Ish had a long career doing missions and and has spent the last decade and a half thinking about the technical aspects of Rescue, what it means to be a PJ, how does rescue fit into the DOD mission set, and ends with an unplanned discussion of being on the X when you least expect it.
Ish has had an important impact on PJs and tech rescue.
SW reviews the highlights of the meeting including PJ combat medic presentation.
Go to RDCR.org to learn about a great meeting in Norway for mil resuscitation.
Try to attend the 2017 Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly to network with SOF and learn from SOF.
21-25 MAY in Charlotte
Doc Smith is an Emergency Medicine Doc in Jackson, WY, member of the Teton SAR team and Med Director,NPS Doc, wilderness med consultant, and LTC in the US Army Reserves. He is one of the most experienced Wilderness Medical Providers around with lots of real world experience.
In this first of a series of wilderness medical podcasts, Doc Smith discusses a rescue after a lightning strike and MCI, and then reviews medical aspects of lightning strikes.
You can find and contact Doc Smith at wildernessdoc.com
Detailed minutes can be found on the NREMT website and in the JSOM.
Thanks to Capt (RET) Butler for permission to do this.
Doc Paynter is an orthopedic surgeon and Flight Doc for the 212th RQS. He previously was a full time AF Orthopedic Surgeon at Elmendorf. In this first of a series of discussions, Doc Paynter discusses injuries of the shoulder and general management issues. Doc P has a unique perspective as both a FS and orthopedic surgeon who is experienced with PJs and CROs.
Injuries of the bone, labrum, biceps, rotator cuff and joint are discussed with an emphasis on those injuries that are more commonly seen in operators.
Listen to the dramatic flight line response of a mishap and injury of two Naval Aviators. Two Navy SAR Corpsman provided advanced care on the "X" and then performed the TACEVAC with two PJs from the 304th who assisted. This overpressurization event was essentially a close range blast injury.
See this open source TV news story:
Moffet had a mission last week with HELO hoist of a critically il 14 yo from a cruise ship:
In part 2 with Keith, he discusses a dive recovery mission in Iraq, and MCI in Africa. We end with Keith with a description of the TOMS lab at Hurlburt.
Hear Keith discuss the mission drop at Hurby, planning and execution of rescue ops in Haiti in 2010. He also discusses the challenges and rewards of interacting with other teams and nations, as well as some of the technical aspects of earthquake ops as well as human tragedy. Shout out to Ish!
Also look for a book by Col Harvis on this mission called RESCUE FROM CHAOS: USAF RESPONDS TO DISASTER IN HAITI.
ALERT! Going forward we will use "ALERT" to let you know of real time changes in PJ medicine you need to know, or other important PJ news items. Please let your teammates and indoc buddies know about this. We also review Part 1 of MOAB 2016 highlights, lessons learned (LLs) in recent training, and celebrate the induction of retired PJs Scott Fales and Tim Wilkinson into the Air Commando Hall of Fame. Check out the youtube video of the induction
Dr Reggie O'Hara is an Air Force Research Lab Exercise Physiologist and endurance athlete. He has run 20 100 mile races. He discusses the normal and pathologic reactions to heat stress and strategies to counter heat related illness, as well as preparation and arrival from home station to hot environments - be it AZ or in the AOR.
Incredible story of the crash and rollover on Mt Hood with Chief Canfield. He talks about the mission drop and the wild ride he went on. Later in this episode he discusses Leadership issues in Pararescue.
If you have not seen it go to youtube and search Mt Hood helicopter crash. there are several clips but you can see Chief interviewed on the National Geographic segment.
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Dave Shuman is a prior 212th Chief. Dave is a true alpinist, big mountain skier and climber. He just summited two peaks over 20,000 feet in Nepal back to back. He still teaches rope rescue to PJs and performs safety operations for various organizations. Dave performed one of the most harrowing and exciting mountain rescues I have heard of. Enjoy this story.
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In part 2 Doug tackles the PT test question, how to maximize reward and minimize risk in training, and incorporating HPO programs into operational readiness. Check out Doug's website at www.resilientperformancept.com. Also look for some of his youtube posts.
Doug Kechijian is a PJ who obtained a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and obtained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, both from Columbia University. In part 1 of this talk Doug reviews why HPO programs are important, why sports medicine and performance training should be viewed as a continuum, and what are the limitations of physical preparation in the context of special operations.
Within two weeks this fall, Moffet got two missions in the Pacific. But this one was different. UGI Bleeds, acute abdomens, and Burns are the most common diagnoses encountered on civil SAR ocean missions. You should always be prepared for these on the ANG teams.
Moffet PJs jump to a ship for a patient with GI bleeding in partially compensated shock. In addition to the array of critical care gear, they jumped in Packed Red Cells and Plasma. The primary medic discusses the mission from infil to exfil spanning over 10 hours of patient care aboard a ship and HH-60.
Billy is a great New Yorker and a great American. He shares a couple of stories from selection in the late 60's, Vietnam, as well as a civil SAR mission with international intrigue and appendicitis. This is our first podcast with stories from Vietnam and hopefully not our last, in celebrating the PJs and historic work they performed on a regular basis. Hear about the forest penetrator and bamboo, rustling in the bushes, and more.
In this article by an SAS officer, leadership essentials are boiled down to three points: Leaders decide, communicate and build and sustain cultures. Listen this podcast on a concise approach to leadership. Remember- if you are a CC or Chief, TC or TL, EL or team member, your leadership will affect mission performance.
In the second part of this mission podcast, the PJs discuss overland travel, AT boots, nutrition (gummy bears), and other logistics in white out glacier travel. Just another day at the office. That Others May Live.
In another exciting installment from the 212th, the CRO discusses the mission drop and mission planning- issues with weather, insertion, and ORM. For those of you who have not augmented the 212th, there is no better place to train cold weather ops, mountain and high angle skills, and do real world missions in a forbidding environment.
John had an amazing career as a PJ and then became one of the first CROs. He talks about two unique experiences: a civil ocean jump in the 90s into 40 foot seas, and a tragic mission in OEF which you will know well. John discusses what he learned from those missions as well as what it took to process the loss of a friend. Thanks to a great PJ for sharing his experience.
In this podcast a 75th Ranger Regimental PA discusses the whole blood program. It is a revolutionary and forward thinking concept. Much credit to Dr Geir from Norway, Dr Cap and the Ranger Medical Leadership.
More information can be found at RDCR.org on the publications page.
If you do not know about it, search for "Roger Sparks Pararescue" and "Operation Bulldog Bite" before you listen to this. Unfortunately, if you do not hear the details directly for Roger you will be missing out, but at least get some SA before listening by reading the material out there. Roger received the Silver Star for this mission which he performed with one of our great Combat Rescue Officers. This is a reflective and introspective discussion by a senior PJ about rescue and recovery in intense combat, and what it takes to do this mission.
In this podcast we discuss the value of the SOMA meeting and interesting highlights including emphasis on training, operator support , the ROLO program and PFC training.