A recent training event at Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst saw the 772nd Marine Heavy Helicopter (HMH) Squadron train with the 7221st Medical Support Unit (MSU).
The 7221st MSU was able to train on loading and offloading of patients on a heavy lift helicopter by co-ordinating training with the local Marine unit. Sergeant Mark Benz, a crew chief assigned to the 772nd HMH, trained the medical unit on how to properly enter and exit the aircraft during the exercise. He also explained what hand signals are used during the operation of the aircraft as the noise level prevents verbal directions during the operation of this helicopter. The training was especially valuable to the combat medics with the 7221st MSU, as the training included a discussion on how to properly load and secure litters for patient transport.
Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Marr, commander of the 7221st MSU, said she was grateful to the Marine unit for the opportunity to learn new skills, and solidify others that hadn’t been practiced in a while. While many Army Soldiers are familiar with the CASEVAC processes using Army Black Hawk helicopters, most are not familiar with the nuances of working with Marine missions, she added: “It was a fantastic opportunity for our Soldiers to see other evacuation vehicles and capabilities. It was very exciting to work with the Marines.”
Photo Courtesy: Army Reserve Medical Command