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)
“Giving blood is the right thing to do,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Bonzo, of Salt Lake City.
Medical staff screened donors to determine blood type and acceptability as whole-blood donors. They also use this information to create a database of donors. In an emergency, volunteers will be called to the Troop Medical Clinic to give whole blood to the wounded.
“In a mass casualty situation, we will activate the walking blood bank,” said U.S. Army Maj. Michael Stany, Task Force Gladiator battalion surgeon from Bethesda, Md.
The walking blood bank was initiated at FOB Lighting by Stany, who first learned of the program while attending the Tactical Combat Medical Care Course at San Antonio.
“We are a long way from the Red Cross,” said Stany. “In the States, we give packed red blood cells that have been stripped of their antibodies, but out here we have to give whole blood.”
Unlike packed red blood cells, whole blood recipients must be specifically matched to their donors.
After donor and recipient are matched, the blood goes directly from the bag to the injured, said Stany.
Medics from across FOB Lightning gathered at the TMC to screen donors and to be screened as donors themselves.
“We’ve trained on this before, but this is our first time executing,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Neuzil of Iowa City, Iowa.
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