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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – October 7, 2016 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and Womack Army Medical Center announced today that the 1st class of the Fort Bragg Paramedic Course will graduate from FTCC on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, beginning at 9 a.m. in Cumberland Hall Auditorium at the Fayetteville campus (2201 Hull Road). The event is open to the public.

The keynote speakers will be LTC (Ret) Robin K. Pickel and SSG Justin Lansford. Pickel was commissioned in the Army in 1995 from the University of Vermont Army ROTC. He recently retired after 20 years of service. Lansford enlisted in the Army in 2009 and was medically retired in 2013 after being severely injured in combat in Afghanistan. He is currently attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, majoring in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East.

The class began in January 2016 with 28 active duty soldiers from Army 68W (68 Whiskey) Combat Medics and 2 employees with Fort Bragg EMS. The course consists of 600 hours of didactic and 600 hours of internship (Hospital [300 hours] and Field EMS Internship [300 hours]).

Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to take the North Carolina State and National Registry Paramedic License Exams.

For additional information, please contact Cathy Baxley (, FTCC Director of Emergency and Protective Services, at 910.678.8469.

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