The Pennsylvania National Guard's Medical Battalion Training Site hosts enlisted leadership

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Story by SGT Zane Craig on 11/30/2017
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. The Pennsylvania National Guard's Medical Battalion Training Site (MBTS) hosted enlisted leaders from the Regional Health Command Atlantic and several of its subordinate organizations, including The United States Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC), Fort George G. Meade and the National Guard Bureau Chief Surgeon's Office here Nov. 27.

Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Brady of the Regional Health Command Atlantic, led the visit to MBTS to see firsthand the training being done here and to determine how the Command can best provide support.

"This is a great organization and the facilities here are phenomenal, they really are, the inside of the building here is unbelievable, it's a great training platform. You have great instructors who are on point with their mission," said Brady.

Brady and the other senior enlisted visitors observed a dismounted patrol lane, part of a three phase Modular Occupational Specialty (MOS) transition course for Army combat medical specialists.

"I think the visit went very well. It was a good, eye-opening experience for everyone involved, it was good for us to meet Sgt. Maj. Brady and everyone else on the visit," said Master Sgt. Adam Schaeffer, chief instructor at MBTS.

Schaeffer added that the kind of networking facilitated by these visits is very important for exchanging best practices, building rapport and open communication among leadership, and maintaining MBTS's high training standards.

Fort Indiantown Gap's MBTS is one of only two such organizations in the nation. The primary mission of the MBTS is to conduct the combat medical specialist MOS transition course. The site offers additional courses such as Comprehensive Medical Training/Sustainment, Combat Lifesaver (CLS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). It also offers customizable training and training support to requesting units and organizations when resources are available.

Fort Indiantown Gap, headquarters of the Pennsylvania National Guard, is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania and the busiest National Guard Training Center in the country.

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