US Air Force, NATO Allies Exchange Medical Knowledge in Germany

The US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) and NATO allies have conducted a multinational training to trade medical knowledge at Ramstein Air Base Germany.

Hosted by USAFE-AFAFRICA’s Office of the Command Surgeon, the event focused on exchanging medical experiences and information to integrate them with unique missions and establish best practices across respective forces.

Participants involved warfighters from Bulgaria, Denmark, and US partner nation Serbia.

Discussions involved how each nation accomplishes expected outcomes and their exclusive approaches during patient care and movement tasks.

The participants visited active military medical locations throughout the training, including the Theater Patient Movement Requirement Center, 86th Medical Group Simulation Center, 86th MDG Flight Medicine Clinic, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

The US Air Force also demonstrated the latest aeromedical evacuation procedures and associated equipment stationed at American air bases in partner nations.

“This workshop is more than just a meeting of minds,” USAFE-AFAFRICA Command Surgeon International Health Specialist Maj. Lyubormir Angelov stated.

“It’s a testament to the unwavering commitment to advancing military medicine and solidifying an alliance that transcends borders. We are proud to have NATO and partners here to make us stronger together.”

Danish medical personnel perform a litter carry as part of a demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 29, 2023. Medical personnel from Bulgaria, Denmark, Serbia and the U.S. traveled around the Kaiserslautern Military Community where they exchanged knowledge to form best practices in their field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Karol)
Danish medical personnel perform a litter carry as part of a demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Photo: Senior Airman Thomas Karol/US Air Force

A ‘Great Opportunity’

Bulgarian Air Force Medical Simulation Training Center Instructor 2nd Lt. Boryana Ralcheva highlighted the value of knowledge trading activities between allied soldiers in years to come.

“This is important for us to compare and contrast how we do business in our aerospace medical program,” Ralcheva explained.

“We want to see what works here and see if we can apply it to our program. We do not want to invent something new if it is already in service. This is a great opportunity for us and I look forward to the next knowledge exchange.”

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