TAMIU ROTC Student Trains in Germany
TAMIU ROTC Training in Germany
Kevin Zuniga, a TAMIU Senior ROTC member, joined eight cadets taking part in Medical Evacuation Training at Miesau Army Depot, Germany with the 212th Combat Support Hospital as part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Cadet Troop Leader Training program. From left, Zuniga, TAMIU, Michael Settle, Norwich University, Jillian Boesch, Creighton University, Hannah Juergens, Middle Tennessee State University, Brittney Graham, Mercer University, and Clair Marlow, University of Washington.
"Every experience you get is going to shape you as a leader, and
this one has been amazing," said Cadet Kevin Zuñiga, a Texas A&M
International University (TAMIU) senior.
is talking about his summer participating in Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
with the 212th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) in Miesau, Germany for in July and
Zuniga joined eight Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets
from colleges and universities around the country in Miesau. His training within the 212th CSH
included shadowing officers and leading soldiers through a variety of
situations, including planning for training exercises.
212th CSH includes the cadets in every aspect of daily operations so they can
see the Army from an Army Medicine perspective. Recently, all participated in
simulating how to evacuate a casualty by helicopter. The experience gave them
the opportunity to fly in one of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigades' MEDEVAC
helicopters, and also afforded them leadership experience they might not
receive before commissioning as a second lieutenant.
First Lt. Brian Thorson, 212th CSH, a sponsor for the cadets for a
second year, said working with a medical unit has a distinct advantage.
Simulated Casualty Training
TAMIU Cadet Kevin Zuniga (right) loads a simulated casualty on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter as part of Medical Evacuation Training at Miesau Army Depot in Germany. Zuniga was one of eight cadets to train with the 212th Combat Support Hospital as part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Cadet Troop Leader Training program.
"Any time a unit is deployed, you're going to have medical assets
there, so you need to understand the echelons of care; so to understand that
flow, it will be a huge asset to whatever unit they go,” Thorson said.
added that nothing his family or friends did this summer would compare to his
experience. He said he is hoping to
commission as an Army Helicopter Pilot upon completion of TAMIU’s ROTC program.
"The Army has made a great investment in paying to send cadets to
CTLT. If the budget changes, this is a program that needs to be kept," Zuñiga
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