Soldiers of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command spent the week of April 15 learning the skills necessary to help save their lives or the life of a comrade on the battlefield from the point of injury until combat medics are able to take over.

The Combat Life Saver Course is a one-week course that was initiated in 1986. However, due to an increase in violence in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout the past 10 years, leadership Army wide has increased the number of Soldiers that participate in the training. The Army now requires 20 percent of each unitís personnel to be CLS certified.

The major focus of the course include: controlling hemorrhages, proper use and application of a tourniquet, lung collapse and airway blockage, care for head and spinal injuries, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, first aid for bleeding, shock, fractures, nerve agent injuries and transportation of casualties among several other skill sets.

The course starts with classroom instruction, then features hands-on practice and ends with, simulated battlefield scenarios, which including life-like explosions, gun fire, and stressors to test their speed and accuracy in treating the wounded.

Learning these crucial skills and being able to successfully treat wounds can mean the difference between life and death on the battlefield prior to receiving care from a combat medic.

(Editors note: The 1st Theater Sustainment Command provides command and control of Army deployment and sustainment operations conducted in support of joint and multinational operations across the spectrum of conflict. With its headquarters at Fort Bragg, the 1st TSC provides and manages sustainment operations at bases in Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Afghanistan.† For more information go to:† http://www.bragg.army.mil/1stTSC/Pages/default.aspx, or visit us on Facebook at:† http://www.facebook.com/1stTheaterSustainmentCommand)

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