Sunday, January 13, 2019

Can You Do This? Even Though He Never Did. UPDATED!

h/t Weasel Zippers

Sgt. Pathological liar. Soon to be E-1 in the stockade.

Looks like somebody was paying attention in Buddy Aid training periods.
Looks like somebody is going to the stockade under Article 134 of the UCMJ:

 (F Troop) Sgt. Trey Troney was making his way home to Raleigh, Mississippi, from Fort Bliss, Texas, for a holiday break when he happened upon a crashed truck on the side of the highway in Sweetwater, according to a Wednesday release from the Army.
He imagined he found Jeff Udger slumped over the steering wheel, and upon returning to his command, came up with a monstrous whopper of a tale, claiming to have reacted immediately to save a life, using his military training. In fact, local rescue teams arrived, and transported the victim, without any help or further intervention by Sgt. Pinocchio.
Army officials have retracted the whole ball of bullshit, and apologized to all concerned. Apparently, the idea of checking and verifying that barracks room bullshit tales of derring-do ever occurred never dawned on the Ft.Bliss Army PIO officers (there's a bunch of no-loads begging for reassignment to something like burning shitters, after letters of reprimand and career-ending spot OERs), nor to the short-bus staff at the Army Times, which is to actual journalism what military music is to actual music.
In all likelihood, no copies of Basic Journalism will be handed out for a crash refresher course, and none of these incompetent bozos will be fired, but with any luck, Sgt. Troney-Baloney will, in short order, become Pvt. E-1 Troney, followed by a few months of confinement to contemplate the error of his ways, and a Bad Conduct Discharge to remember his Army service with shame. What a fucking douchebag.

 This is the sort of thing for which the Army routinely awards the Big Chicken Dinner, i.e. a BCD: Bad Conduct Discharge, which is one step above "Dishonorable".

There shouldn't be anyone in Troney-Baloney's chain of command who shouldn't be happy to endorse this case to a general court martial, with all haste.

So, ignoring this douchebaggery by a pathetic little are your first aid skills? And what kind of med kit is riding shotgun in your vehicle right now? The basic point of this post was to remind folks to be prepared, and one little shit's pathological Walter Mitty fantasies notwithstanding, the greater point remains in full effect.

It's a new year. Maybe time to go over any deficiencies in either area, and get that squared away today.

Now enjoy a little Sunday Friday music:


Night driver said...

Firstly, "BZ, Kid!!!" (ahhh, showing my age)
Secondly, kid, save the "reluctant hero" carp for Higher. Ya done GOOD!! OWN IT!!

Time to refresh the kit in the truck, I guess. Gotta separate the stuff I CAN use (BLS) on one side and the goodies that I no longer got Protocols for under ZipTieLoc on the other. Yes, of course I'll break the ziptie if I need to. Bigboy Rules...Catch me fuck me Rules. But if I'm in a place where I get to save a life and I'm the one here to do it. I'll DO it and let the other chips fall.

YMMV, closed course, Professional (Retired) Driver. (LEARN to DO THIS AT HOME! Screw the "don't try this at home" BS. LEARN the SKILLS and WORK then whenever you can.)

Lee Van Queef II said...

It would help if we could have a pneumothorax training evolution right here. Surely Aesop is majorly qualified.

Repetition is the mother of skill and all that.

Badger said...

LVQ II's +1

why said...

One of the problems in the civilian world (I use that word on purpose) - obesity. If his chest needle was too short (as it sounds), this patient was large. Just as the military uses 3.5" needles (IIRC) to get beyond the muscle, we (civvies) use chest tubes or something longer to get beyond the adipose.......

Good job!! The secret is not giving up but looking at WHAT needs to be done, then figuring out HOW to get it done........

Pat H. said...

As a retired US Army OR nurse, I'd say to this young man, "strong work, sergeant".

Phil said...

Off Topic here but quite necessary.
Just a note to Aesop and an apology.
I fucked up.
I fixed it.
I am very sorry.
Let me know if it needs further tweaking.

Old NFO said...

I carry a kit in my car, and also have a blowout kit or two. Well done to that young man!

Anonymous said...

Great improvisation. Never was trained on decompression so have no needles. I do have better dressings than having to use my shirt, though.
BZ, aye.

Aesop said...

Thanks. Don't sweat it, Phil. Sent you a note.

Aesop said...

@Anonymous 8:22P

Yes, the improve was the whole point. Army issue pneumo needles for fit, 20-something squaddies may not be big enough for bigger middle-aged Teamsters, but just like music, when you understand the idea, you can do a jazz riff and adapt, improvise, and overcome.

And he definitely saved a life by always having an ink pen.
Somewhere in heaven, another drill sergeant just got his wings.

Anonymous said...

2 good resources on the evolution of the techniques. They are available by using the below titles in a cursory Internet search

1. "Management of Suspected Tension Pneumothorax in Tactical Combat Casualty Care"

2. "Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines for All Combatants "

(It is mildly amusing, that they are moving (for tension-pneumo) to a axillary model and larger lumens, two modes of treatment that I routinely used in the mid-70's. I also, when more definitive care was going to be significantly delayed, used a "Heimlich Valve" and a short piece of tubing with a 3 way stopcock fitting so as to irrigate and clear the line. TP's often are not just air, but include tension and hemo; it helps to clear a clot.)

The North American Rescue ARS is an nice compact piece of kit.

John Wilder said...

Stories like that make the day brighter - people doing the right thing for the right reasons and showing humility and grace.

As for me? Yeouch. Training out of date for a sucking chest wound. Only thing I remember is to look the patient squarely in the eye and say, "you're, um, going to be, um fine. Do you have a will?"


Anonymous said...

Hey Aesop, sorta on topic, what ever happened over at Hogwarts? There hasn't been an update in a really long time.....


Aesop said...

My computer died just before it kicked off, so I was never able to participate, and I suspect the other two guys lost all interest after a few weeks.

The Freeholder said...

I did the "Stop the Bleed" traininga while back. Our instructor was a multiple-tour former Army medic turned MD. After class a few of us prior service types talked a bit. When I got home I ordered enough tourniquets, Quik-Clot gauze, flashlights, lithium batteries, nitrile gloves and Sharpies to build 5 kits, one for each vehicle and one for each kid. (Seems like I'm missing something that's in there--I'll have to look at the one in my truck.)

I've done some other training as well, but I'm not equipped, physically or via training, do do what our young sergeant did. I wish I was, but that sort of training doesn't happen around here at all.

Someone raised a heck of a kid. At 20 I was still chasing skirts and getting drunk 6-7 nights a week.

why said...

This just out........

Aesop said...

Layers and layers of editors.

Anonymous said...

As for "BZ" - "Belay Mt Last"
Added casualty blankets to the car stuff. The range bags all have Asherman's in addition to IBD's, TQ's and such. Bactine and Bandaids in all of these locations. The cars all have powdered aspirin as well. Also bug-dope and sunscreen, which are included in Bride's Range Bag (along with nice soft TP).
Boat Guy

Lee Van Queef II said...

A shotgun rides shotgun in my wagon, together with comms, recovery gear, fuel, water, tools and ammo. Couple Israelis and one SOF®TT is the only medical.

I mean to get where I'm going and then bleed out.

The Gray Man said...

You know what my medkit looks like Aesop. But anyway, lot of people join the military for the attention (same with LE). Looks like this guy is one.