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Thur. June 24, 2010/ VOL. 5, Issue 25

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Sgt. Maj. Cameron Porter

Sgt. Stephen Hicks and Spc. Aaron Lloyd near the finish line at around the 2 hours and 45 minute mark during the 12-mile ruck march portion of the Expert Field Medical Badge testing June 12 at Baumholder Training Area.

21st TSC Soldiers compete for coveted expert field medical badge By Sgt. Fay Conroy, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Twenty-one medics from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command competed for the notoriously

difficult Expert Field Medical Badge qualification badge June 7-12 at the Baumholder Training Area here. One of the hardest badges to earn in the Army, the average pass rate for EFMB is 10

to 15 percent. As of day four, the 21st TSC had a pass rate above 40 percent, said Master Sgt. Michael Binosa, the senior medical noncommissioned officer from the 21st TSC Surgeon’s Office. Binosa was also one of the board members who oversaw the set up and validation of this year’s EFMB course at Baumholder. The candidates, from across U.S. Army Europe, arrived at the testing site the week prior to undergo a week-long train up. “It’s been better than previous EFMBs in that we had a train up week, but it’s been 10 times more exhausting because of the train up week,” said Sgt. Stephen Hicks, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st TSC, who is on his third attempt to earn the EFMB. “However, it helped out a lot because obviously we still have a lot of people left in the competition.” The Soldiers were required to earn goes in all events.

Sgt. Fay Conroy

Sgt. Jeremy Argiro, a medic with the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, begins the decontamination phase at one of the combat testing lanes during Expert Field Medical Badge testing June 10 at Baumholder Training Area.

They had to receive goes on three different combat testing lanes, which tested medical abilities and warrior tasks and drills. They also had to pass the day and night portion (MEDIC continued on page 12)

Warner Weekly June 24, 2010  
Warner Weekly June 24, 2010  

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