U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Bentley and U.S. Army Spc. Zech Burke, both cavalry scouts with 1st Plt. and a Bennington, Vt., resident, along with several Afghan National Policemen help unload (click for more)
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Army Paul M. Gatto, from Bethlehem, Pa., a cannoneer from Task Force Balls, elevates a M777 howitzer and hooks up his firing lanyard seconds before discharging (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Air Force Capt. Phillip Baker, Panjshir PRT engineer, along with Air Force 1st Lt. Jason Adams, Panjshir PRT engineer, assemble an antenna in order to communicate (click for more)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — While spectators watch, members of the Sharana Hospital volleyball team play a friendly match against coalition force units at Forward Operating Base Rushmore Oct. 2. (click for more)
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the (click for more)
Maj. Bobby Mayes, women’s empowerment coordinator, and Sgt.1st Class Maureen Houston, FET member, meet with Zareen Saleha, the Deputy Director of Women’s Affairs for the Parwan Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, (click for more)
U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. troops from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team use a measuring tape to measure the distance of one point (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army basic trainee receives a vaccination Sept. 28. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of three units stationed at Forward Operating Base Wright here came together Sept. 15 to donate 13 units of a specific blood type necessary to save a badly wounded Soldier’s life.
While the 555th Field Surgical Team at FOB Wright had an abundance of synthetic blood products on hand, the Soldier’s wounds required him to get transfusions of his type of whole blood immediately.
“He needed whole blood for the clotting factors,” said U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st. Class Mark Chase of Dayton, Ohio, noncommissioned officer in charge of the FST. “Those transfusions saved the kid’s life.”
When Chase put out the word that a wounded Soldier needed blood donations of his type, two Soldiers from the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, 10 Soldiers and one Airman assigned to the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team, and one Soldier with 3rd Battery, 321st Field Artillery Range, responded at once to the call. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Donald David of Fort Wayne, Ind., a civil affairs NCO with the PRT, was one of those who donated his blood.
“If it’s for a Soldier, I’m here in a second because I know someone would do it for me,” David said.
U.S. Army Master Sgt. John Storey of Stet, Mo., the NCO in charge of operations for the Iowa ADT, also gave blood. He agreed with David’s sentiments.
“What a great way to help out a brother-in-arms,” Storey said. “You don’t get very many chances in life to make a difference like this.”
The FST features state-of-the art medical equipment and highly trained, skilled and motivated medical professionals. Still, the blood donations spelled the difference between life and death for the wounded Soldier, according to U.S. Navy Lt. Henry Bradbury of Albuquerque, N.M., physician assistant for the FST.
“You can have the best medical gear and the most skilled surgeon in the world,” Bradbury said. “But if you don’t have blood when you need it there’s no way to save the patient.”
Before receiving the blood transfusions, the wounded Soldier was in critical condition. Within hours after receiving the transfusions, the Soldier’s condition had stabilized enough to allow air transportation to the next higher echelon of medical care.
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