On Friday, 28 October, the Museum Foundation hosted breakfast for 60 candidates, cadre, chain of command, and family members to mark the completion of the 2016 Army Best Medic Competition. The annual competition took place at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, and wrapped up on Thursday, 27 October. The winners were announced Friday at an award ceremony at the Army Medical Department Center and School at Ft Sam Houston.
The Museum Foundation is a proud supporter of this competition that highlights military combat medicine across the Army. This year’s candidates and supporters, enjoyed breakfast tacos, fruit, pastries and coffee at a breakfast just prior to the competition’s award ceremony.
Among the many guests were MEDCOM CSM Ecker, Jack Clark Sr., father of CSM Jack Clark for whom the competition is named, and CSM Clark’s sister, Diane Autry. Foundation President, COL (Ret) Herb Coley, presented Mr. Clark and Mrs. Autry with coins to commemorate their visit and participation. The Foundation was also able to honor and thank a number of organizations who were advocates for this year’s competition such as USAA and the Dustoff association.
Two Army medics from the 75th Ranger Regiment, stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, were named the service’s best after a 72-hour competition. Staff Sgt. Noah Mitchell and Sgt. Derick Bosley competed against 29 other two-person teams from across the country in a series of tasks that tested their tactical, technical and critical-thinking skills.
The teams began with a physical fitness test and combat water survival test at Fort Sam Houston. Then they were airlifted to Camp Bullis to be tested on medical first contact, tactical and evacuation care and setting up a medical evacuation. Participants walked up to 30 miles during the competition, and tested their skills in tactical pistol and rifle marksmanship, land navigation and medical tasks. One of the medical tasks included treating a 180-pound dummy for simulated injuries before rappelling 25 feet down a cliff with the mock patient, then loading the patient onto a helicopter. The teams earned points after successfully The competition is hosted by Army Medical Command and conducted by the Army Medical Department Center and School. It has been held annually since the 1980s. Participants must have earned the Expert Field Medical Badge and/or the Combat Medic Badge in order to compete.completing each of the evaluated events. (Source for competition information: Army Times.)