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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Adam R. Morris, of Portsmouth, Ohio, a civil affairs medic assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Company, Task Force Rock, observes two Afghan National Army soldiers during a Combat Life Saver course at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 5. Morris was the instructor of the course and provided the ANA soldiers with the same training offered to U.S. servicemembers. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A medic from the 412th Civil Affairs Company, Task Force Rock, has been training Afghan National Army Soldiers in Combat Life Saver skills at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province early this April.

 

 

U.S. Army Sgt. Adam R. Morris, of Portsmouth, Ohio, has been training the ANA soldiers on many aspects of first-aid, providing them with the critical skills taught to American Soldiers during Combat Life Saver courses.

 

“They fight beside us, the American Soldiers,” Morris said. “It’s important they be able to fix themselves.”

 

As Morris taught the class, the ANA Soldiers paid close attention. One of their comrades had died recently because the ANA soldiers lacked the medical training they were now receiving.

 

“An Afghan soldier was shot in the foot,” Morris explained. “They pulled him to the truck, but he bled out because no one knew how to put on a tourniquet.”

 

During the training, Morris took the opportunity to sit down and have lunch with ANA Sgt. Noorullah, the team leader of the ANA soldiers in the CLS class.

 

 

 

Noorullah, assigned to the 2nd Company, 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, felt strongly about the training Morris was conducting and said he felt good having him there.

 

“I want [my soldiers] to take it seriously, and learn as much as they can to save their lives, to save their buddies’ lives,” he said.

 

The unit medic, ANA Sgt. Hushal, echoed the same sentiment as Noorullah and stressed its importance.

 

“On the battlefield, anything can happen,” Noorullah said.

 

Although Morris felt the language barrier made things challenging, he found that the soldiers were very interested and learned a great deal.

 

“Hopefully they’ll spread the things they learned here,” Morris said.

 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army soldier learns to check a pulse during a Combat Life Saver course taught at Combat Outpost Penich, in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 5. The ANA soldiers are being taught the same critical life-saving skills as American Soldiers. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)


 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Adam R. Morris, of Portsmouth, Ohio, a civil affairs medic assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Company, Task Force Rock, demonstrates how to use a tourniquet to Afghan National Army soldiers during Combat Life Saver training at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 5. Many of the soldiers Morris trained had little to no first-aid knowledge and did not know how to use tourniquets prior to the training. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)
 

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Adam R. Morris, of Portsmouth, Ohio, a civil affairs medic assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Company, Task Force Rock, observes two Afghan National Army soldiers practicing various medical carries during a Combat Life Saver course at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 6. Morris was the instructor of the course and provided the ANA soldiers with the same training offered to U.S. servicemembers. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Adam R. Morris, of Portsmouth, Ohio, a civil affairs medic assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Company, Task Force Rock, demonstrates how to lift a casualty into a position where they can be carried during a Combat Life Saver course at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 6. Morris was the instructor of the course and provided the ANA soldiers with the same training offered to U.S. servicemembers. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Two Afghan National Army soldiers practice applying a tourniquet during a Combat Life Saver training at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, April 5. The training was provided to give the ANA soldiers the same life-saving skills as the U.S. servicemembers they work with. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Eugene H. Cushing, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)

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