U.S. and German medical personnel strive for EFMB

Aug. 2, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit Spc. Trisha Pinczes

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Sgt. Ramon Hernandez, a member of the 8th Medical Company (Logistics), mentors German 2nd Lt. Felix Worner, assigned to the Sanstff Mainz hospital, while qualifying on an M16A2 rifle July 28. As part of the pre-qualification required for participation in the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge Standardization and Testing candidates must complete the weapons qualification, an Army Physical Fitness Test, and Basic Lifesaving Skills in order to participate.

HEIDELBERG, Germany – More than 250 field medical personnel from units across U.S. Army in Europe, as well as U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel stationed in Europe and five Bundeswehr Soldiers, are striving to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge at the Grafenwoehr (Germany) Training Area through August 13.

The EFMB, approved by the Department of the Army on June 18, 1965, is a special skill award that recognizes exceptional competence and outstanding performance by field medical personnel.

The competition consists of a five-day training phase followed by an intensive five-day testing phase. The test includes a written test, three separate combat skills testing lanes, a day and night land navigation course and a 12-mile road march.

All candidates must qualify with their individual weapons, pass a U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test, meet height and weight standards, and have a current American Heart Association –approved Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification.

Candidates who complete all phases of training and pass every test during the final week earn the right to wear the EFMB on their service uniforms.

Media representatives who are interested in covering this competition should contact Capt. Charles Patterson at 015223359212 or e-mail Charles.w.patterson@eur.army.mil or the Joint Multinational Training Command Public Affairs Office at 09641-83-7776 or e-mail jmtcpao@eur.army.mil.