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82nd Best Medic Competition Tests Knowledge, Fortitude

   

Spc. Edgar Cortes assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division provides medical aid to a notional casualty during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 26, 2018. The medical lanes help simulate the stress of combat and prepare our Medics to save their fellow Paratroopers. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

     Two paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division distinguished themselves above their peers during a grueling competition on Fort Bragg held July 25-26.

     Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment and Sgt. Tyler Fisher, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment proved their exceptional medical knowledge while demonstrating steadfast endurance during the two day competition.

      “Best Medic is important because it tests out the Medics’ competency and their physical and mental toughness,” said Sgt. 1st Class Evelyn Pollard, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s senior medic, about the competition.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division climbs over an obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Participants began the competition in the early morning with a Ranger Physical Fitness Test before moving onto a written evaluation and marksmanship ranges.  Designed to determine the division’s top two medics, events continued to stress the paratroopers’ technical knowledge and mental and physical endurance with an obstacle course, night land-navigation, a 12-mile ruck and a rope-rigging evaluation. 

     With little rest and nutrition, paratroopers’ completed a final evaluation consisting of lanes testing their ability to respond to a wide range of simulated medical emergencies.

Spc. Aaron Tolson assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division navigates under a wired obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Spc. Edgar Cortes, a member of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the youngest medic competing, having earned his Expert Field Medical Badge earlier this year. 

     “I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Cortes before beginning the competition. “I came here for the experience and realistic training.”

     Matias and Tyler will continue to train to compete in the Army-wide Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. competition, scheduled to begin September 15 on Camp Bullis, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, Spc. Edgar Cortes and Spc. Aaron Tolson, paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, competed in the Best Medic competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25-26th, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

 

June Best Squad Competition

Paratroopers from across the Panther brigade competed in the brigade’s monthly Best Squad Competition earlier this month on Fort Bragg.

The competition required the Panthers to ruckmarch over six miles and then complete numerous stations testing their medical knowledge, Airborne proficiency, medical skills and mental agility.