Fort Drum Medics Vie To Be Army's Best
Maneuvering a patient under a barbed wire obstacle, treating a wounded soldier under enemy fire and weapons training.
These are just some of the categories soldiers are competing in to qualify for an Army-wide Best Medic competition.
The 11 selected are the best Fort Drum has to offer.
"These are the best of the best," Capt. Martin Stewart said.
The competition requires both medical knowledge and physical strength and endurance.
"You have to expect the unexpected," said Staff Sgt. Tito Galeana.
"One second you'll be treating and then you gotta carry that patient yourself, so you have to be physically and mentally prepared."
A storm blew through Fort Drum toward the end of the qualifications, but that didn't stop any of the medics from competing.
"In Afghanistan it's not going to be perfect, it's not going to be quiet," said Spec. Phillip Reynolds.
The 11 medics will soon be whittled down six.
And then just two will compete in October to be named the Army's Best Medic.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Watertown, NY