American medics that is.... Specs.... FORT IRWIN, Calif.- Not many medics get to operate the same type of vehicle an infantry unit does. Within the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, it is now possible. “It’s great,” said Spc. Paul Scott, a combat medic, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash. “The best thing about it is that no one has done anything like this before in the Army.” The Medical Evacuation Vehicle is one of eight current versions of the Stryker vehicle being put to test this month at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. “It is a great vehicle,” said Sgt. Joseph Harp, senior line medic, Co. B, 2/3 Infantry Regiment. “It’s better than our old field land ambulances because it has more working space, lighting systems and spots for our equipment.” The MEV provides enough space for four litter and six ambulatory soldiers at a single time. The vehicle can also be deployed by a C-130, C-17 or C-5 transport aircraft and can reach a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour. “The best difference is the speed factor,” said Staff Sgt. Jesus Molina, treatment noncommissioned officer, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. “It allows us to get there quicker and that could save lives.” All in all, the MEV is getting praised during the NTC rotation by the medics who are using it. “I couldn’t ask for a better vehicle,” said Harp.