Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph –
The Medical Education and Training Campus at Joint Base San
Antonio-Fort Sam Houston graduates an average of 5,400 Air Force medics and
Navy corpsmen from the Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program annually.
During their training the future medics and corpsmen learn
to react, and to be ready for any emergency like Airman 1st Class
On Aug. 21, Stone tackled and disarmed a suspected terrorist
saving countless lives aboard a high speed train headed to Paris, France.
After using a choke hold to neutralize the gunman, Stone’s
instincts as a trained medic took over as he rushed to save the life of a
fellow passenger who was bleeding from a bullet wound.
Realizing the need to stop the bleeding, Stone put his
fingers into the open wound on the victim’s neck and applied pressure directly on
the artery to stop the bleeding.
Stone, who was recently promoted to Staff Sgt. by Air Force Chief
of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, was able to react to the situation and use his life
saving skills because of the training he received as a BMTCP student.
The 14-week program consists of a variety of lectures, repetitive
hands on instruction and clinical practice to ensure the medics in training can
perform life saving measures when called upon.
“We’re creating the next generation of medics,” Staff Sgt. Amber
Langsteiner, BMTCP instructor, said. “We are insuring that our knowledge
continues on. Each of the instructors here have anywhere between five and 15
years of experience. We’ve learned a lot and we have a lot to teach these
students; ensuring they have the tools necessary to go out and apply their
To complete the course, students must remain focused, be willing
to learn and have the ability to react to any situation at all times.
“We want to
make sure our students understand (their training) is not just for them to
deploy,” Tech. Sgt. Lakisha Mosley, BMTCP instructor said. “They can be in the
Commissary, the PX, in a local mall or grocery store and need to assist
By training the next generation of medics for the department of
defense, the instructors at BMTCP are able to impact lives around the world.
students apply what they learn here is the most rewarding part of our job,”
Langsteiner said. “We teach 11,000 students every year; if every student saves
one life, that is a lot of lives saved.”