STEVE REYES INSTRUCTOR
18 DELTA 5TH SPECIAL FORCES
Non Commissioned Officer (retired)-Clearance Level – Secret
During my service, I was trained in combat medicine, advanced unconventional warfare, small unit
tactics, survival skills, languages, and cultural training.
As Special Forces Medical Sergeant, I was responsible for:
✔ initial medical screening
✔ triage, evaluation, and care of allied and indigenous personnel
✔ examination and care to detachment members
✔ medical care supervision and treatment during various missions
✔ combat laboratory supervision
✔ emergency and trauma patient treatment
Additional positions included:
● Senior Forces Medic / Operator, Operation Enduring Freedom, Honduras
● Senior Forces Medic / Operator, Operation Enduring Freedom XIV, Afghanistan
● Senior Medic, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Baltimore, MD and Roanoke Rapids, NC
● Special Forces Medic / Operator; EO/EEO Specialist; Counselor, Army National Guard,
Maryland and Pennsylvania – managed and counseled potential military recruits, handled
EO / EEO complaints, performed Special Forces Medical Sergeant tasks as previously
● Non-commissioned Officer in Charge, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA – managed eight
laboratory technicians, treated patients, oversaw day-to-day operations for laboratory
● Special Forces Medic / Operator, Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Iraq
● Special Forces Medic / Operator, Operation Enduring Freedom I, Afghanistan
● Special Forces Medic, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Campbell, TN – provided
medical care and supervision as a member of the Operational detachment (ODA) team
● Research Assistant, Aircrew Health and Performance Division, Aeromedical Research
Laboratory, Ft. Rucker, AL – planned and executed research protocols to improve the health
and performance of US Army aircrew personnel
What does an 18 Delta do in the Army?
Special Forces Medical Sergeants (18 Delta) in the U.S. Army play a key role in delivering medical care in both combat and civil affairs arenas. Given the breadth of skills required and potential decrement of skills with time, recertification is desirable and mandated.
● Responsible for training Special Operations soldiers (officer and enlisted) in psychological
The specifics of casualty care in the tactical setting will depend on the tactical situation, the injuries sustained by the casualty, the knowledge and skills of the first responder, and the medical equipment at hand. In contrast to a hospital Emergency Department setting where the patient IS the mission, on the battlefield, care of casualties sustained is only PART of the mission.
TCCC recognizes this fact and structures its guidelines to accomplish three primary goals:
1. Treat the casualty
2. Prevent additional casualties
3. Complete the mission The TCCC program was developed to customize the principles of good trauma care for successful use on the battlefield.