TORUN, Poland — U.S., Polish and U.K. medics provided drop-zone medical coverage for an airborne operation involving more than 1,500 paratroopers from multiple nations June 7 in support of Swift Response 16, a multinational exercise being conducted in conjunction with exercise Anakonda 16.
The 82nd Airborne Division, Poland’s 6th Airborne Brigade and Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade conducted the airborne operations as part of this U.S. Army-led exercise to enhance the readiness of the combat core of the U.S. global response force with allied high-readiness forces in Europe.
Medical teams from the 30th Medical Brigade, Poland’s 1st Army Field Hospital, 10th Military Hospital and the United Kingdom’s 16th Medical Regiment provided roving medics on the drop zone, coordinated air and ground evacuation and provided immediate medical care to injured paratroopers in medical tents next to the drop zone.
Less than 1 percent of paratroopers sustained injuries, all of which were minimal, during this airborne operation.
Swift Response 16 demonstrated the ability of the medical interoperability of U.S. and partner nations to respond to a real-world, high-risk casualty producing operation, validate capabilities, and integrate medical policies and procedures.
While in Poland, the 30th Medical Brigade also provided medical mission command for Anakonda 16 and will host the key event that will validate the mass-casualty plans of the 44th Chemical Battalion and 1-3 Infantry Divisionon June 11 at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area.