KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Eleven Soldiers from Regional Health Command Europe earned the Expert Field Medical Badge during a ceremony Sept. 23 at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern.
Statistically across the Army, only around 20% of those who compete earn the badge which is designed to test Soldiers both physically and mentally during 144 hours of testing.
A total of 128 candidates competed in this iteration of EFMB, which was hosted by the 30th Medical Brigade. Not only did it include Soldiers from across U.S. Army Europe and RHCE, but three international competitors from Kosovo and two from Italy. Of the 128 that started the competition, only 27 earned the right to wear the badge.
Brig. Gen. Mark Thompson, Regional Health Command Europe’s commanding general and the U.S. Army Europe command surgeon, spoke at the award ceremony.
“Each Soldier receiving their EFMB today poured their heart and soul into this competition,”