By By U.S. Army Capt. Juan M. Almonte and Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs October 15, 2018 Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez issued an order establishing a new Emergency Medical Response course after a successful presentation of the course. Three observer/evaluators from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) participated, along with six Paraguayan instructors who taught the initial course to 68 Paraguayan medics. The Joint Peace Operations Center of Paraguay (CECOPAZ-Paraguay, in Spanish) sponsored the course which provided fundamentals of tactical medical treatment with emphasis on giving aid under combat conditions. One WHINSEC instructor was present at all training; first was U.S. Army Captain David S. De La Fuente, followed by Colombian Army Master Sergeant Oscar A. Vera and U.S. Army Captain Juan M. Almonte. The institute instructor role was to observe and provide feedback and if requested, provide recommendations on the execution of the course. Each WHINSEC instructor remained in Paraguay for about 13 days, providing different approaches in teaching methodology, techniques on operation of medical equipment, and techniques on casualty management during combat operations. Observations of the WHINSEC instructors were provided to the course director and his instructors to suggest different methods on how to carry out the implementation of the course to which the instructors were given the opportunity to make modifications to their course following the information provided to them by the U.S. instructors. The course offered both didactic and hands-on training focused on basic anatomy and physiology, hemorrhage control, treatment of respiratory dysfunctions, treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, managing cardiac arrest victims, head and neck injury treatment, casualty evacuation techniques, and patient triage. That was the medical part—the medics also had to learn basic tactical movement in an area of suspected danger, identifying and responding to threats to personnel and casualties, and reaction to enemy contact. Students were evaluated with a series of written and hands-on evaluations culminating in a final written exam and a final practical exercise. Among the instructors was a surgeon who provided all lesson plans and material required for the didactic portions and provided lectures on human anatomy and basic functions of the human body when exposed to trauma. Two medical specialists with emergency medical experience in northern Paraguay where military personnel are in conflict instructed on injuries commonly sustained there. Two other medical specialists, one a paramedic and the other a Paraguayan special operations medic, provided detailed information on treatment of injuries sustained in emergency situations, reaction to contact, and tactical movement with emphases on defense of oneself, the unit and the casualty.
Former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden snapped at a reporter on Wednesday, when an interviewer asked whether he had taken a cognitive test.The response? Biden became defensive, asking the interviewer, CBS correspondent Errol Barnett, if he was a junkie and had been tested for cocaine use.“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden asked. “Come on, man. That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program, if you had to take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”The 77-year-old’s response contradicted remarks he made last June at a press conference, when he said he was “constantly tested” for mental decline, in response to a reporter’s question.During that encounter, he said, “All you gotta do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” after calling the reporter a “lying dog face.”“Why the hell would I take a test?”@JoeBiden scoffs at idea of taking a cognitive test.Suggests @realDonaldTrump “can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion.”Full interview at @NABJ @NAHJ virtual convention Thursday 8am [email protected] pic.twitter.com/rGNJpjfbF6— errol barnett (@errolbarnett) August 5, 2020 Barnett continued by asking what Biden thinks of President Trump, who is 74, making his opponent’s mental state an issue for voters.Biden replied, “Look, man, I know you’re trying to goad me, but I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president in the debates. There’s going to be plenty of time.”He continued, “I am very willing to let the American public judge my personal and mental fil– my physical as well as my mental fil– my fitness and to make a judgment about who I am.”Meanwhile, President Trump has also has gone to great lengths to prove that he is up to continuing in the job. He has repeatedly described a test that doctors reportedly gave him, while calling on his opponent to take the same exam.