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CSM Diamond D. Hough: Leveraging Battlefield Experience to Influence Tomorrow's Medics and Corpsmen

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

CSM Hough is the top combat medic, "doc" in Army Medicine. With multiple deployments, he describes the challenges he experienced in combat casualty care at the point of injury. These remarkable stories helped shape his career, motivating him to improve his skills. He translated those skills to improving combat medicine as a combat medic trainer, First Sergeant, and now the Medical Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Hough has provided combat casualty care in all areas of the globe, and he describes what it takes for the medic to be successful in all scenarios they may find themselves in. He stresses the critical role enlisted medics/corpsmen play on the military medical healthcare team.

"One thing people forget about the combat medic is the combat part. I'm no good as a medic. If I can't survive on the battlefield, I'm no good to anyone.

If I can get to the places that are wounded soldiers are at…if they're taking a hill, I have to be able to take the hill. If they're going to the lowest valley, I got to be able to get to that battle."

He shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

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