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Video: Jungle Medicine

Aug. 12, 2019

Adrenaline boils, fueling first-responder instincts as 10 hospital corpsmen respond to an ambush in the dead of the night. There is little to no visibility in the crude field hospital, and the corpsmen are armed with only their M16s and jungle medical packs. Welcome to the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan. This is where corpsmen learn to save lives in difficult conditions. 

Corpsmen drag a patient through the jungle
Hospital Corpsmen
Hospital corpsmen work together to maneuver a patient in a sked stretcher up a cliff as part of the 10-day Jungle Medicine Course.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax
VIRIN: 190605-N-TH560-0965C
Corpsmen treat an injured person.
Casualty Care
Navy corpsmen respond to a simulated patient casualty during a tactical combat casualty care exercise as part of a rigorous Jungle Medicine Course at Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa, Japan. The 10-day course trains Navy medical personnel assigned to Marine forces on jungle survival skills, patient tracking, field medical care and casualty evacuation techniques.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax
VIRIN: 190607-N-TH560-0164C
Two Navy service members move through the jungle
Site Survey
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alfredo Gregorio, left, from Vallejo, Calif., and Navy Seaman Patrick Newton, from Clinton, Iowa, survey a training site at Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa, Japan. The Jungle Warfare Training Center occupies 17,500 acres of forest and is home to poisonous insects, spiders and snakes.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax
VIRIN: 190610-N-TH560-0253C

Video by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax