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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Desanette Richardson of Ft. Lewis, Wash., licensed practical nurse for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, readies a juice box for Basid, a 5-year-old Afghan child treated at Forward Operating Base Wright, Afghanistan, March 31. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Medical professionals with the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, Afghanistan, performed outpatient surgery March 31 on a 5-year-old Afghan boy brought to the FST by his worried father.

Rahmad Gul, a carpenter from the nearby town of Nawabad, explained he did not know what to do when his wife told him the testicles of their youngest son, Basid, had not descended.

“This was a big problem, so I talked it over with the other men of my village,” Gul said. “One of them worked here (at FOB Wright), and he told me the doctors here would help my son.”

Basid’s case is only the most recent example of the FST’s efforts to heal Afghan civilians. Since the 102nd arrived at FOB Wright in January, the FST treated 165 local Afghans for a variety of ailments and injuries, a figure which includes 56 surgical interventions, according to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ramon Guel of Portland, Ore., the FST’s executive officer.

“We know medical services are an important way we can show the civilian population that the U.S. is here to help them,” Guel said. “I would say our work with the local Afghans has impacted this area immensely.”

U.S. Army Maj. Mike Kilbourne of Richmond Hill, Ga., a general surgeon with the FST, performed the procedure to correct Basid’s testicles. Kilbourne acknowledged there is a hospital nearby in Asadabad, the provincial capital, but said that hospital is ill equipped to provide treatments the FST can readily accommodate.

“They lack diagnostic support, anaesthesia support, imaging support, all things we have here at the FST,” Kilbourne said. “While the doctors there are trained, because of their support limitations, they’re reluctant to take on cases involving children, burn victims, amputation or anything to do with the face.”

The FST helps fill that void by performing surgery for everything from the correction of cleft palates in Afghan children to treating Afghan adults involved in traffic accidents, Kilbourne added.

Gul expressed profound gratitude for Kilbourne’s treatment of Basid, who is the 12th and youngest of Gul’s seven daughters and five sons.

“I thank him very, very much,” Gul said. “Who would have helped my son if not for this hospital?”


KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Desanette Richardson of Ft. Lewis, Wash., licensed practical nurse for the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, helps dress Basid, a 5-year-old Afghan child treated at Forward Operating Base Wright, Afghanistan, March 31, as Basid's father, Rahmad Gul, encourages his son. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Rahmad Gul prepares to take his 5-year-old son Basid home to Nawabad, Afghanistan, following Basid's treatment by the 102nd Forward Surgical Team at Forward Operating Base Wright, March 31. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)

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Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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