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Fayetteville Girl Scout Troop visits AEFTU
Members of Girl Scout Troop 3319 visited the Aeromedical Evacuation Formal Training Unit, March 3, 2011. The Girl Scouts, ages 11-14, received a close up look at the unique training going on at the AEFTU. The tour started in the classroom with the ISTAN manikin demonstration and the interaction that AEFTU students have with the realistic medical simulator. Maj. Lorie O' Daniel, (left) a flight nurse from the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron based at Joint Base Lewis- McChord Wash. provided the information to the Scout Troop. Major O'Daniel was impressed with the basic medical care knowledge the girls (left to right) Emily, Ashleigh, Amalia Stephanie, and Aylin possessed during the breathing and circulatory simulations demonstration. (Air Force photo by Jerry Green).
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Girl Scouts tour AEFTU

Posted 3/14/2011   Updated 3/14/2011 Email story   Print story


by Jerry Green
440th Airlift Wing

3/14/2011 - POPE FIELD, N.C. -- Six members of Girl Scout Troop 3319 from Fayetteville, N.C., toured the Aeromedical Evacuation Formal Training Unit, based at Pope Field, N.C., on March 2, 2011. On the tour, the scouts learned about the special skills medical technicians and nurses use when treating wounded soldiers.

The tour was especially interesting to this group of six scouts because of the training they have already experienced.

"The girls have experience in emergency medical procedures, said Mr. Tom Butler, one of the scout leaders. "These girls are certified by the American Red Cross in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and perform volunteer work in local area hospitals."

While touring the facility the girl scouts had the opportunity to practice some of their emergency medical skills on ISTAN, a human like manikin that the AEFTU uses to simulate different emergency medical conditions.

Maj. Lorie O'Daniel, an instructor at the AEFTU from the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Joint Base Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., was impressed with the girls scouts ability to assess the simulated medical condition.

"Ladies, you correctly assessed the medical condition, so add this experience to your resume."
A reservist, Major O'Daniel works as an emergency room nurse at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle Wash.
"I think these girls show excellent medical aptitude and are very knowledgeable at such a young age."

"When you watch the interest these girls showed during this tour and the ISTAN demonstration, it is truly rewarding, said  Lt. Col. Eric Warner, volunteer scout leader and Commander, 43d Civil Engineer Squadron, "Maj. O' Daniel and the staff at the AEFTU are presenting the best role models these girls will ever have. Fantastic."

The AEFTU provides unique opportunities to train new aeromedical technicians from the Reserve, National Guard, and active-duty forces. These totally-force-aeromedical crews will provide care for our wounded warriors during rapid global mobility capabilities in support of worldwide contingency operations and humanitarian missions.

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