☷U S Army medical laboratory technician earns Expert Field Medical Badge
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Sgt . Ariel C . Arroyo qualified for the Expert Field Medical Badge , which has an average completion rate of 20 percent , during a course on Fort Bragg , North Carolina . Arroyo serves in the Aberdeen Proving Ground , Maryland - headquartered 1st Area Medical Laboratory . FORT BRAGG , N . C . – A U . S . Army medical laboratory technician recently earned one of the most challenging proficiency badges in the U . S . Army . Sgt . Ariel C . Arroyo qualified for the Expert Field Medical Badge , which has an average completion rate of 20 percent , during a course on Fort Bragg , North Carolina . Arroyo serves in the Aberdeen Proving Ground , Maryland - headquartered 1st Area Medical Laboratory , a one - of - a - kind formation that performs surveillance , confirmatory analytical laboratory testing and health hazards assessments of environmental , occupational , endemic and CBRNE threats in support of force protection and Weapons of Mass Destruction missions . The 1st AML is part of the 44th Medical Brigade and 20th Chemical , Biological , Radiological , Nuclear , Explosives ( CBRNE ) Command , the U . S . military’s premier all hazards formation . Soldiers and Army civilians from 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states take on the world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint , interagency and allied operations . Sgt . Ariel C . Arroyo qualified for the Expert Field Medical Badge , which has an average completion rate of 20 percent , during a course on Fort Bragg , North Carolina . Arroyo serves in the Aberdeen Proving Ground , Maryland - headquartered 1st Area Medical Laboratory . Arroyo said he has wanted to serve in the U . S . Army since he was growing up in Red Oak , Texas . “I joined the Army because as a kid I played with the little green Army figurines and it was something I always aspired to do as I grew up , ” said Arroyo . “One day I walked into the recruiter’s office and I would not have done it any different looking back . ” The Expert Field Medical Badge qualification course includes a written test of 28 clinic practice guidelines , a physical fitness assessment , day and night land navigation , a 10 - task warrior skills lane , a 12 - task tactical combat casualty care lane and a 10 - task medical evacuation lane . The culminating event was a 12 - mile ruck march in three hours or less . “The highlight of the qualification was definitely crossing the finish line of the 12 - mile ruck , ” said Arroyo . “There was just a rush of joy and excitement that I felt flowing through my body that came from knowing that all the hard work you put in during these last 19 days paid off . ” U . S . Army medics stand in formation as a HH - 60M Blackhawk flies overhead during an Expert Field Medical Badge graduation ceremony Oct . 28 , 2022 on Pike Field at Fort Bragg , N . C . Only 39 medics out of more than 150 Soldiers earned the title of "Expert Medic" and were pinned the EFMB . The badge is one of the most challenging skills badges in the U . S . and is awarded to U . S . Army medics who successfully complete a set of qualification tests , including both written and performance based . Arroyo said he decided to compete for the badge because he wanted to challenge himself mentally and physically and to lead by example . “The biggest challenge I faced during the qualification was myself , ” said Arroyo . “Self - doubt is a barrier many people have and cannot breach but having confidence in your abilities and in your training will always provide you the necessary tools needed to persevere and having people , such as my wife and strong leaders in my formation being able provide you with motivation really helps too . ” Col . Matthew J . Grieser , the commander of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory , said Arroyo was a great example of the high caliber of Soldiers serving in his one - of - a - kind command . “By earning this challenging qualification badge , Sergeant Arroyo has demonstrated the grit , intelligence and skill that enable 1st AML to accomplish its missions around the world , ” said Grieser , a native of Mulino , Oregon , who has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq and served in Haiti , Panama and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina . “Our command is successful because of extraordinary professionals like Sergeant Arroyo . ”
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