On November 17, 2022, Air Force Pararescuemen completed the culminating field training exercise at the Fall 2022 Special Operations Center for Medical Integration and Development in Birmingham, Alabama.
The training gave the pararescuemen a variety of controlled scenarios to improve their medical readiness, whether during routine operations or in remote, resource-constrained settings. The final FTX was the culmination of a two-week certification course where students used tactical scenarios to put skills they had learned in civilian hospital care to use. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and SOCMID are integrated. Their goal is to create the best platform for pararescue personnel and Special Operations Independent Duty Medical Technicians to sustain and renew their trauma skills. Students benefit from the connection with UAB Hospital since it is a level 1 trauma center and enables them to complete clinical rotations in operating and emergency rooms. Col. Clayton Rabens of the U.S. Air Force said that the civilian-military partnerships are crucial to the success of the 24th Special Operations Wing’s sustainment program. Virtual reality (VR) training was used for some of the other training, and it helps students hone their problem-solving abilities when approaching medical problem sets.