"U.S. Army Medevac unit stages training at airport" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Members of a Ft. Hood Medevac company arrive at Bay City Regional Airport for a training exercise Friday, March 26.

   A U.S. Army arrived at Bay City Regional Airport last week for a “cross-country Medevac training” session.
   About 16 soldiers from Ft. Hood’s C Company 2-227 came in on five Blackhawk helicopters.
   The training was aimed at determining “how long it takes to insert field hospitals,” said CW4 Ricky Brinkman Jr. 
   Brinkman is a Bay City native and Class of 1999 at Bay City High School.
   The scenario for last week’s training session was an enemy force moving east to west, “with U.S. Army forces in Bay City to stop the advancement,” Brinkman explained.
   The mock hour-long mission was to conduct Medevac operations.
   “In a combat situation, our job is to get wounded soldiers to the first level care as soon as possible.”
   Bay City is within Ft. Hood’s territory for response, including natural disasters, said Brinkman, who is the lead instructor of the training mission.

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