American, international Soldiers participate in EFMB Competition

Sept. 11, 2012

By Spc. Joshua Edwards, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
Spc. Ryan Dietrich, an Expert Field Medical Badge canidate with 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, runs to the next location after clearing an obstacle in a testing lane Sept 12, 2012 at Grafenwoehr training area. Dietrich trained during the standardization phase of the EFMB competition hosted by 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

ROSE BARRACKS, Germany -- U.S Army Europe’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment is hosting the Expert Field Medical Badge competition now through Sept. 21 at the Grafenwoehr training area.

More than 250 candidates from U.S. forces in Europe including 18 multinational participants from Slovenia, United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia and Italy will compete in the 11-day challenge. The EFMB gives multinational and U.S. service members the opportunity to train together and to gain a greater understanding of their abilities while building more competent and confident Soldiers.

The 2CR non-commissioned officer in charge of regimental medical operations, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stickels, explains the level of difficulty and importance the EFMB represents.

“The Expert Field Medical Badge, in terms of medical proficiency, is a symbol of excellence,” Stickels said. “It is the most strenuous competition medical personnel can participate in.”

The EFMB competition will not only allow U.S. and partner nations to train together but also deploy and conduct medical operations in support ISAF and other world-wide contingency missions.

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