Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
When medics from Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team were escorted through Asadabad Hospital, Jan. 31, and paused by the beds of the sick and the injured, the message was the same whether the words were spoken in Pashto or English: “I am here to help you.”
“It’s a common trait I’ve noticed amongst medical professionals around the world,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar PRT nurse practitioner. “They genuinely care about people.”
The purpose behind the PRT visit was twofold. First, Redman said, she wanted to make sure the Afghan doctors did not have any questions about the medical equipment they owned and that someone had been properly trained on operating the equipment. She also wanted to see about re-engaging the advising program between the doctors at the forward surgical team and the surgeons here.
Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad Hospital general surgeon, was highly receptive to the prospect of working with the American FST surgeons. “We enjoy the relationships with your surgeons very much,” he said.
Shinwary went on to say that reopening the lines of communication would be extremely beneficial as there are some surgeries they perform which are very complicated, and the Afghan surgeons would be interested to observe the latest techniques.
“War surgeries,” as Shinwary referred to them, often present the greatest challenge to the surgical staff and would provide an excellent opportunity for continued learning from the American doctors, Shinwary said. “We don’t care whose bomb was responsible. We just want to heal the injuries, save lives.”
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