Other entities that fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Adjutant General are the N.D. Veterans Cemetery (South of Mandan, N.D.) and the N.D. Civil Air Patrol. For more information on these agencies please visit www.ndguard.nd.gov.
TCCC training was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency (DHA) Joint Trauma System to teach “evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield,” according to the NAEMT. The TCCC courses are the same for all branches of the U.S. military.
Master Sgt. Nathan Carlson, 119th Medical Group, left, teaches a tactical combat casualty care – medical personnel (TCCC-MP) course to other members of his unit at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., on Dec. 29, 2020.
TCCC training is a four tier program designed to replace the current self-aide and buddy care training for the U.S. Air Force, with each level becoming more complex. The tiers are also geared for different levels of care-giving competency.
Lt. Col. (ret) William Buckingham, former N.D. Army National Guard State Surgeon, who served as an Army field medic/lab technologist in the South Pacific during World War II, realized the importance of penicillin.
He said "...that the gangrene cases during Bougainville campaign (early 1944) were atrocious and the only treatment at the time was to amputate at the head of the infection. Penicillin was a game changer."