PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)
Afghan National Army Pvt. Amminuallah of Khost was injured recently in Khost Province when his vehicle struck an IED.
“I was in the third vehicle; the IED hit the second vehicle in our convoy and killed two people. I ended up here,” said Aminullah from his recovery bed at the Paktya Regional Medical Center.
There is a large medical contraption holding together the remains of Aminullah’s foot. It looks painful, but Aminullah is positive and upbeat about his future.
“I will return to my unit. I will be here. I am not scared,” said Aminullah. “I have been a soldier for seven years. I want to continue to serve my country and bring peace to my people.”
Afghan medical professionals work around the clock beside their coalition counterparts to ensure the hopes and dreams of soldiers like Aminullah are realized.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Arnold of Mesa, Ariz., advises ambulance and emergency room personnel at the Paktya Regional Medical Center on Forward Operating Base Thunder.
Arnold givers her Afghan counterparts high marks.
“They are smart and show a lot of initiative,” said Arnold. “My goal is that when another trauma comes, they will be, ‘in there,’ bandaging, suturing and providing medical care.”
The ambulance drivers Arnold advises are not trained medical personnel, but they have begun attending the medical training offered by Arnold’s Air Force Embedded Medical Transition Team.
“We do not get a mentor like her very often,” said Hajji Muhammad, an Afghan soldier assigned to the hospital’s ambulance section. “She is kind and very good.”
Ambulance drivers and medics are quick to share their stories, some of them are tragic, others hopeful, some hilarious.
Gheiratullah, an Afghan soldier from Khost Province described an ambulance run to the helipad with a new Afghan ambulance driver. They were supposed to transport a patient with a gunshot wound to the chest, but when the newbie saw all the blood, he panicked and ran from the ambulance. Gheiratullah was able to transport the patient with the help of one of the patient’s buddies. The patient survived.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vince Gil of Fairhope, Ala., heads the coalition embedded medical team that trains and advises the Afghan medical professionals at FOB Thunder.
He has seen growth in the Afghan medical team.
“We have done a lot of exercises with (the Afghan medical team),” said Gil.
The Afghan medical staff’s training has been put to the test several times. In one particularly trying moment, Afghan professionals had to respond to an attack at FOB Thunder.
“The training helped them to respond to a mass casualty incident caused by a suicide bomber,” said Gil. “They treated both American and Afghan casualties.”
Ideally, Gil would have liked to have treated the American soldiers at the troop medical clinic at FOB Lightning, but due to where the incident occurred, treatment at the Afghan facility was preferable.
“They were nervous about treating American soldiers, but we helped them and they got the mission accomplished,” said Gil. “They did the right thing. They responded well during the attack despite the chaos we all felt.”
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