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supplies. He secures assistance, when necessary and practicable, from the division medical battalion. He keeps the division medical battalion informed of the tactical situation in the regiment.

(d) When an infantry battalion is to undertake a special mission, the surgeon can clear the bat- talion of wounded by having the regimental aid station move to its vicinity, or by requesting priority evacuation of its aid station.

(e) The surgeon also supervises the preparation of casualty lists and other required records. One copy of each casualty list is sent to the regimental com- mander and one to the division surgeon. For details of the functions of the regimental surgeon, see FM 8-10.

(2) ACTING FIRST SERGEANT. The noncom- missioned officer who acts as first sergeant estab- lishes and operates the detachment command post under the supervision of the regimental surgeon. He assists the regimental surgeon in maintaining con- tact with the regimental command post and the bat- talion aid stations, performs the interior adminis- tration of the detachment, and is responsible for the operation of the detachment message center.

(3) RECORD CLERK. The record clerk main- tains records of the sick and wounded, assists the acting first sergeant in the interior administration of the detachment and operation of the command post and message center, drives a vehicle of the de- tachment headquarters, and is responsible for its driver maintenance.

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