The Army’s 2018 Best Medic Competition came to a close Thursday, and two noncommissioned officers from the 1st Armored Division came out on top.
Staff Sgts. Cory Glasgow and Branden Mettura are the Army’s top medics, according to Army Medical Command.
The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Capt. Michael Broussard and Staff Sgt. Sean Collins clinched second place, and Sgts. 1st Class Adam Church and David Nagle of the the Army Medical Department Center and School came in third.
“I feel super pumped, super excited,” Glasgow said, according to an Army press release. “This was my fourth time competing.”
“We sat down and studied, specifically TC3 [Tactical Combat Casualty Care],” Mettura said. “We weren’t really prepared for the prolonged primary field care, but luckily Cory has taken some courses, so we really relied on his knowledge and expertise in that area.”
“Prolonged field care is the future of Army Medicine,” Glasgow added. “I’m going to train my medics in prolonged field care because that’s the new focus. Medics will have to sit with patients for a prolonged period of time. They need to focus on how they’re going to save that person’s life.”
“We’re really excited to represent the 1st AD,” Mettura said in the press release. “We’re bringing this home to them.”
The competition kicked off Monday at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, with 27 two-soldier teams completing the new Army Combat Fitness Test before moving on to range qualification, an obstacle course, a ruck march and more.
This marked the first time the ACFT has been fully implemented into an Army-wide competition since its development and announcement earlier this year.
Over the course of the grueling 72-hour competition, the soldiers were tested in the areas of tactical marksmanship, leadership, warrior skills, land navigation and overall knowledge of medical, technical and tactical tasks.