Making realistic training with the art of moulage

Flight medics and crew chiefs help guide casualties to the Black Hawk during Golden Coyote in Guernsey, June 20. Golden Coyote is one of the largest National Guard operated exercises in the country. Photo by Sgt. Tyler O’Connell

GUERNSEY – Ground medics of the 153rd Engineer Battalion and flight medics of the 1-189th Aviation Regiment receive more realistic training thanks to the art of moulage June 20, during the Golden Coyote Exercise, in Guernsey.

Staff Sgt. Shad Tenold, medical NCOIC with Joint Force Headquarters, creates realism for medics by taking Soldiers and giving them wounds and blood for casualty training.

“The main objective is to provide realistic scenarios for both the ground medics and flight medics,” said Tenold. “Getting them real world scenarios that they can apply if they ever go down range.”

Mass casualty provides a high stress level for both ground medics and flight medics.

“Basically it is chaos,” said Tenold. “We need to expose them to multiple patients so they can learn to stay calm under pressure, provide good treatment and get them off the battlefield in a timely manner.”

Mass casualty begins with putting moulage on the patients, giving them battlefield injuries and then putting them in a location to get attacked.

“My personal philosophy on the moulage is that it provides actual visuals and senses to get the medics to feel like it is real, so they get the best training possible.