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Army Sgt. instructs airmen

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dayna Taylor, combat medic specialist with the 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colorado, instructs Airmen from the 21st Medical Group on the importance of proper technique and procedure of litter carrying at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021.

Airmen practice litter carrying

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group practice litter carrying during training at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. The training is the beginning of the transition from COVID-19 response back to regular operations. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Airmen practice litter carrying

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group secure a patient onto a litter during training at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. About 300 21st MDG Airmen participated in the day-long training. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Army Sgt instructs Airmen on litter carrying

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dayna Taylor, combat medic specialist with the 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colorado, gives Airmen instructions on proper litter-carrying techniques during training at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. The combat medic specialists taught Airmen how to communicate effectively while carrying a patient on a litter in stressful environments. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

A litter

A litter used by Airmen from the 21st Medical Group during training with U.S. Army combat medic specialists from Fort Carson’s 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. The purpose of the training was to go back to the basics through familiarization with litter carrying and radio etiquette. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Airmen practice radio etiquette

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group practice radio etiquette during a training exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. Airmen learned how to properly respond and relay important information through the radios. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Army Sgt instructs Airmen on radio etiquette

U.S. Army Spc. Jamie Herrera, 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, explains proper radio etiquette to members of the 21st Medical Group during combat training at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. During training, Airmen learned how to properly respond and relay important information through the radios. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Medical patch

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group train with U.S. Army combat medic specialists from Fort Carson’s 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, on proper litter-carrying techniques and radio etiquette at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8, 2021. The mission of the 21st MDG is to provide support to power global operations by cultivating a thriving team through developing resilient and agile professionals who optimize medically ready forces, deliver trusted care and community health support. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Approximately 300 Airmen from the 21st Medical Group went back to the basics of medical training with U.S. Army combat medical specialists from the 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, in a joint training day, July 8, 2021, at Peterson Air Force Base.

Although, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base are close in proximity, this is the first time the 21st MDG and the Army combat medical specialists have trained together. The training consisted of familiarization with litter carrying and radio etiquette, as well as other briefs throughout the day.

“We are very excited to build a platform of joint training with our sister service and look forward to future training opportunities across the Colorado Military Health System,” said Charity Harmon, 21st MDG medical emergency manager.

With COVID-19 cases in Colorado Springs declining, the medical group trains to ensure Airmen are ready for a “new normal” by building upon their skills to analyze their current disaster response and improve on their current planning, response and recovery operations.

“We have such a unique opportunity to expand our communications and preparedness across the Front Range,” said Harmon. “It is important that we take advantage of these opportunities to practice how we play with other agencies. Getting back to basics is one way we will facilitate building working and training relationships.”

The 21st MDG mission is to provide support to power by cultivating a thriving team through developing resilient and agile professionals who optimize medically ready forces, deliver trusted care and community health support.

“I believe this training will help me in the future by better preparing for the unknown,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Elsie Nelson, 21st MDG medical records technician. “Practicing skills we do not use every day will help us be more confident when it comes to an emergency situation and understanding our roles and responsibilities.”

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