FEST-M team Completes Combat Life Saver Training

Published Feb. 2, 2012

The 579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, took part in Combat Life Saver training January 23-27. The training was conducted at the Corps’ Vicksburg District headquarters by Sergeant Erik Q. Brown and Specialist Michael J. Downey of the 115th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Polk, La.


This intensive training equips the 579th team members with advanced life-saving skills and equipment, enabling team members to perform a variety of emergency medical procedures, from treating sucking chest wounds to applying combat action tourniquets. Given the 579th mission requirements of deploying directly into overseas contingency operations, as well as being on stand-by for disaster relief missions within the continental United States, these skill sets could prove critically important for future missions. At the end of the training, all team members were tested and certified as Combat Life Savers for the United States Army.

About the 579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)

The 579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M) is a 36-member (civilian/military hybrid) team capable of rapidly deploying to provide sustained U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract construction and engineering execution capabilities in support of Department of Defense and other federal agencies during war, military contingencies and disaster relief operations. Find out more about the FEST-M at www.mvd.usace.army.mil/579festm.

Bob Anderson

Release no. 12-003