101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Gold Book

Chapter 8

Terms and Definitions

(1) Level I: Self-aid and buddy-aid rendered by individual soldiers and platoon/company medics. Level I extends to the battalion aid station (BAS) where CHS is delivered by both paraprofessional and professional health care providers to include physician assistants and/or physicians.

(2) Level II: Includes Level I care as well as the CHS provided by FSB and MSB medical companies. Level II capabilities in a FSB Medical Company includes an increased number of medical treatment personnel, deployable treatment facilities, patient holding cots, emergency dental capabilities, blood storage and transfusion capabilities, limited x-ray and limited laboratory capabilities, and ground evacuation capabilities not found in Level I facilities. In the MSB medical company, limited Class VIII Supply, and limited optical fabrication capabilities. In the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Level II CHS includes surgical equipment and personnel assigned to the forward surgical team (FST) which provides far forward emergency resuscitative surgery when attached to a Level II facility within the division. FST may be located at either FSB or MSB Level II facility.

(3) Level III: Hospitals usually assigned to a corps medical group/medical brigade. Contains both surgical personnel and facilities as well as medical treatment personnel and wards dedicated to the care of soldiers requiring admission to a hospital. These facilities are usually located in the Division rear or forward in the Corps area near the division rear. The 86th Combat Support Hospital is an example of a Level III facility.

1) Refueling and rearming aviation assets.

2) Sustaining ground forces with all classes of supply and Level II CHS.

3) Providing a secure area for transit of follow-on air assault forces.