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  • Iraq Chronicle - Book on Tour in Iraq 2004-2005

    11/19/2012 6:44:45 PM PST · by BeAllYouCanBe · 8 replies
    Author House | 2008 | Jeff Dahlin
    Freeper friends and Vets can you please distribute to others that would be interested reading a great book about a tour in Iraq? Plus help out a retired Vet who deserves credit for his service. This is written by a true hero and if you see some of the details you will agree. I served with the author in Soc Trang Republic of Vietnam he was a helicopter engine mechanic in 1967-1969. He returned to Iraq to serve a year tour 2004-2005 as he was approaching the age of 56 as a platoon sergeant of combat medics. This book deserves...
  • Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast

    08/27/2012 2:09:04 PM PDT · by archy · 6 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:16am AEST | staff
    Woman among three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan blast New Zealand prime minister John Key vowed not to "cut and run" from Afghanistan after three New Zealand soldiers, including a woman, were killed in a huge roadside bomb blast. The New Zealand Defence Force says the soldiers were in the last vehicle of a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device in north-east Bamyan Province. Mr Key has named the three soldiers as Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Private Richard Harris, and Corporal Luke Tametea. Lance Corporal Baker, a medic, is New Zealand's first female casualty in Afghanistan....
  • Watch Your Step

    10/11/2011 6:54:02 AM PDT · by fso301 · 9 replies
    http://www.michaelyon-online.com/ ^ | Oct 10, 2011 | Michael Yon
    10 October 2011 Afghanistan The choice is yours. If blood and guts are too much, the video at the end of this dispatch is not for you. Do not click the button if your stomach is too weak for war. Unless you are a paramedic or work in a trauma center, THE VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
  • Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 11:33:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb 14, 2011 | By TAOS TURNER
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on...
  • You don't forget: Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell [American soldiers in the camp system]

    10/28/2010 3:42:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-28-10
    Washington (CNN) -- The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany. "Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that." Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp. Amid the horror, the journal captures extraordinary human moments of war. Acevedo sketched...
  • They're both 21 year old women - and that's all they have in common....

    07/16/2010 11:28:30 AM PDT · by sussex · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The Aged P.com ^ | 16/07/10 | the Aged P
    Just when you think that all is dross you suddenly discover a glittering diamond……
  • Fainting Before the One Again?

    03/16/2010 2:22:52 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 26 replies · 1,772+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 03/16/10 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Amanda in Ironton, Ohio. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hey, Rush. How are you today? RUSH: Very well. Thank you. CALLER: Well, I was watching C-SPAN yesterday, our anointed one was in Cleveland, and I'm from Ohio, and that was not a fainting spell that the guy was having there. What he was doing, this is exactly what happened, he said, "Get that guy a medic, he needs a medic. I think that guy needs a medic," and the C-SPAN cameras panned over and there's four to six cops dragging...
  • Medic Treats Himself After Being Shot by Sniper

    01/06/2010 5:59:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies · 829+ views
    America's North Shore Journal ^ | 12/26/2009 | Chuck Simmins
    Spc. Matthew Mortensen (center) of Olathe, Kan., a combat medic with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, shows high spirits, with Pfc. Juan Ortega (left) of Belen, N.M., and Pfc. Jorge Cruz of Waterbury, Conn., after he was shot in the shoulder by sniper fire while on a presence patrol in Baghdad, Dec. 10. Mortensen was sent back to the United States for rehabilitation and recuperation and anticipates returning to his platoon in Iraq in February. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ryan Nolan, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div.) “I was probably two feet from my door of my...
  • Air Force Medical Personnel Train Iraqi Counterparts

    12/31/2009 3:35:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Airman 1st Class Allison Boehm, USAF
    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2009 – Members of the U.S. Air Force Theater Hospital here are training Iraqi defense ministry medical personnel as part of the new American-Iraqi Air Medical Evacuation and Medical Provider Training Course. The training enables Iraqis to study burn care as well as to observe and practice proper medical evacuation techniques. Classes are scheduled every two weeks. Topics vary to achieve the goal of helping the Iraqi Ministry of Defense strengthen its military medical program. “The ultimate goal of this military-military medical capacity-building program is to help establish an Iraqi military air medical evacuation...
  • Shot by sniper, US Army medic treats himself

    12/24/2009 11:40:59 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 839+ views
    Multi-National Force-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jennie Burrett, USA
    Spc. Matthew Mortensen (center), of Olathe, Kan., a combat medic with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, shows high spirits with Pfc. Juan Ortega (left), of Belen, N.M., and Pfc. Jorge Cruz, of Waterbury, Conn., after he was shot in the shoulder by sniper fire while on a presence patrol in Baghdad, Dec. 10. Mortensen was sent back to the United States for rehabilitation and recuperation and anticipates returning to his platoon in Iraq in February. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ryan Nolan, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. BAGHDAD — "I was probably two feet from my door of...
  • In Taliban stronghold, U.S. medics win friends for Marines

    12/07/2009 7:22:59 PM PST · by RDTF · 11 replies · 1,322+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dec 3, 2009 | Jay Price
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HASSANABAD, Afghanistan -- In the middle of a foot patrol Saturday through what may be the most dangerous part of the most dangerous province in Afghanistan for U.S. troops, Staff Sgt. John Nickerson peered through the scope of his assault rifle at a group of Afghan men who were rolling a wheelbarrow toward him. Suddenly, he had to switch gears to the gentler form of counterinsurgency. "Hold," Nickerson said into his hand-held radio, lowering his gun. "We've got some men with a kid in a wheelbarrow trying to get our attention. Where's Doc at?" In the barrow...
  • Nidal Malik Hasan , MD Killeen, TX at AMA

    11/05/2009 3:27:33 PM PST · by Plutarch · 55 replies · 14,776+ views
    DoctorFinder for Patients The information contained in the AMA DoctorFinder report does NOT meet the primary source equivalency requirement as set forth in the credentialing standards of accreditation organizations such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).Nidal Malik Hasan , MD (Non-Member) Primary Specialty (Self Designated)(note): PSYCHIATRY Location: Killeen, TX 76541
  • Face of Defense: Medic Hopes Her Story Helps Others

    11/04/2009 3:43:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 280+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Jim Garamone
    NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 4, 2009 – Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause’s words come out in a rush, as if she wants everyone to hear and learn from her story. Staff Sgt. Megan Krause, an Army Reserve medic who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, hopes to help other servicemembers by telling her story of seeking help when post-traumatic stress had her spiraling out of control. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Krause, an Army reservist with the 365th Engineer Battalion in Pennsylvania, does want people to hear her story, and she wants to connect with servicemembers so they...
  • Coalition Provides Medical Outreach in Afghanistan

    10/20/2009 4:37:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 233+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Senior Airman Marc I. Lane, USAF
    HERAT, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2009 – Men, women and children from villages near here came to a cooperative medical engagement near Camp Zafar to receive medical care Oct. 6 through 8. U.S. and Italian medical personnel apply lotion to an Afghan child’s face during a cooperative medical engagement near Camp Stone, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marc I. Lane  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Afghan soldiers and civilian medical personnel, with the assistance of Italian, Spanish and U.S. forces, treated more than 300 people every day of the event. The Afghan army sent...
  • Face of Defense: Medic Gives ‘Best Work’ in Afghanistan

    10/20/2009 4:31:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 189+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Stephen Decatur, USA
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2009 – An Army Reserve soldier from Austin, Texas, who has been an emergency medical technician since 1993 was one of the last soldiers from Embedded Training Team Venom to leave Afghanistan’s Zabul province when Task Force Fury assumed the mission. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Taylor trains an Afghan National Police officer during a combat lifesaver course in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Oct. 2, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Sgt. Jonathan Taylor’s mission was to train Afghan soldiers and police to perform first aid, and to provide whatever...
  • The quiet heroes: The awe-inspiring stories of the Army medics who have saved countless lives...

    10/11/2009 9:13:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th October 2009 | John Nichol and Tony Rennell
    No one writes about them. Their deeds go unsung. Which is why, for this gripping series, two writers decided to track down the awe-inspiring stories of the Army medics who have saved countless lives in recent British wars.They are a special breed of soldier - the medics who go selflessly into the heart of battle and risk their own lives to save others.Here, in the first part of a gripping series, we reveal the astonishingly heroic actions of two such medics and the men they fought to save, despite a horrifying lack of equipment and communication, in the scorching heat...
  • The soldiers almost burnt alive in Basra and the heroic medics who saved them

    10/11/2009 9:19:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 593+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th October 2009 | John Nichol and Tony Rennell
    Continuing our gripping series of our extraordinary series about the doctors and nurses who go into the very heart of battle we reveal the terrifying events that unfolded in Basra in 2005, when a Warrior tank, sent to help an RAF nurse whose ambulance was surrounded by a hostile crowd, was hit by a petrol bomb.The soldiers inside threw themselves out, engulfed by flames. Their dramatic exit was captured by photographs that went round the world. But inside the flaming tank, the gunner was trapped. He was sent to rescue the medic; the question now was - would the medic...
  • U.S. Army medic saves life of Iraqi boy

    10/08/2009 4:58:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 458+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Anthony Jones, USA
    DIYALA — An Army medic here saved the life of a young Iraqi boy after the child received several gunshot wounds from an unknown assailant, Sept. 20. Spc. Adam O'Krent, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a native of Littleton, Colo., provided the care which saved the child's life. O'Krent's unit was patrolling near the village of Biwaniyah, north of the Diyala provincial capitol of Baqubah, when they received small arms fire between their Stryker vehicles that ricocheted off a nearby wall, said 2nd Lt. Terrence Nolan, O'Krent's platoon leader. Since there was no positive identification of a shooter, the Soldiers...
  • Corpsmen boost IA medical capabilities

    09/07/2009 3:50:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 571+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, USMC
    Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Ybarra, a hospital corpsman with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, observes as a member of the 7th Iraqi Army Division's medical staff practices wrapping an ankle sprain aboard Camp Mejid, Aug. 24. Photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, 2nd Marine Logistic Group. AL ASAD AIR BASE — U.S. Navy corpsmen here have been conducting medical training with the Iraqi Army (IA) since their battalion arrived to this base in February. Once a week, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Ybarra and Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Hernandez, two hospital corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion-7’s Battalion Aid Station...
  • Heroic female medic who ignored shrapnel embedded in her shoulder to save SEVEN soldiers...

    09/02/2009 6:14:14 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 41 replies · 1,731+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2nd September 2009
    An heroic army medic treated seven injured comrades after a Taliban attack in Afghanistan despite being wounded with shrapnel herself, it emerged today. Lance Corporal Sally Clarke, of 2 Rifles, ignored the searing pain caused by the shards embedded in her shoulder and back and set about treating the rest of her patrol. The worst hit was Corporal Paul Mather who incredibly managed to radio instructions for jets circling above to open fire on Taliban insurgents despite bleeding heavily from wounds the size of his fist. Corporal Mather, 28, and Lance Corporal Clarke, 22, from Cheltenham, were on patrol south...
  • MILITARY: Groups decry use of pigs (PETA crazies alert)

    08/09/2009 1:11:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 2,358+ views
    NC Times ^ | August8, 2009 | Mark Walker
    PETA planning protest at Camp Pendleton gate this weekUsing live animals to train combat medics and others in how to deal with traumatic injuries is no longer necessary because of sophisticated medical mannequins and other training options, people opposed to the practice argue. A group of doctors aligned under the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington contends it's not only unnecessary to use live animals, it's illegal, too. The group recently petitioned the Department of Defense to stop using animals, citing Army and Navy regulations. "The use of vervet monkeys by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical...
  • Air Force aeromedical evacuation teams give British soldier fighting chance

    08/04/2009 5:41:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. Justin Brockhoff, USAF
    8/4/2009 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) -- Three Air Force aircraft along with multiple aircrew, aeromedical evacuation teams, and agencies from around the world gave a British soldier a fighting chance at life in late July after the soldier sustained multiple gunshot wounds and had his blood supply replaced more than 10 times at a military hospital in Afghanistan. According to officials, the soldier sustained multiple wounds to the abdomen and chest, and was transfused with 75 units of blood and another 75 units of platelets. Emergency surgery was conducted to repair the soldier's liver and lung. After...
  • Heroic medic dashed 60m under fire to wounded Cpl Mathew Hopkins

    07/24/2009 6:10:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 501+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 24th July 2009 | Max Blenkin
    AN Australian Army combat medic dashed 60 metres under intense insurgent fire to treat a mortally wounded Australian soldier, an inquiry has revealed. But despite the medic's efforts at resuscitation, Corporal Mathew Hopkins succumbed to a bullet wound to the head regarded as so severe that no medical help could have saved his life. Corporal Hopkins, 21, a member of the Darwin-based 7RAR, was the ninth of 11 Australian soldiers to die in Afghanistan since 2002. He was also the first member of an Australian training team to die in action since Vietnam. ..... With assistance from ANA soldiers, Corporal...
  • Face of Defense: Teen Medic Thrives on Aiding Others

    07/24/2009 4:50:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 463+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. James Waltz, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, July 24, 2009 – Army Spc. Amanda Cleveland is a self-described simple girl who is "not into drama." But it’s tough for an Army medic to avoid dramatic situations, especially during a deployment to Iraq. Army Spc. Amanda Cleveland, a medic for the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, describes the importance of pressure in stopping blood loss during first-aid training at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. Cleveland has trained nearly 1,000 soldiers in Task Force Keystone leading up to and during a nine-month deployment to Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Waltz   (Click photo for...
  • From mortgage broker to medic: Missouri man receives Bronze Star

    07/22/2009 12:26:45 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/22/2009 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 22, 2009) — A Waynesville High School graduate serving in Iraq received the Bronze Star with valor device for his role as a medic in rescuing Navy personnel from a burning explosive ordinance disposal vehicle that had been blown into the air by a roadside culvert bomb. Sgt. James H. Carter, 33, followed up on that 2007 award by recently being named Medic of the Year for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, to which he’s assigned as part of the 82nd Airborne in his second tour of duty in Iraq. Although he’s the son...
  • Coast to Coast am 'Telepathy & Technology in the battlefield' guest Dr. Nick Begich

    06/03/2009 8:49:58 PM PDT · by divine_moment_of_facts · 20 replies · 669+ views
    Coast to Coast am ^ | June 3rd-4th 2009 | George sNoory
    Lecturer and author Dr. Nick Begich will discuss the latest research on telepathy in the battlefield, where brain waves alone can give commands..
  • Iraqi Military Doctors Meet for Conference

    05/09/2009 9:25:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 222+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s Surgeon General, Maj. Gen. Samir, welcomed Iraq’s military physicians for a two-day medical conference at the MoD’s headquarters here, May 4. The theme of the two-day gathering was, “working together for advanced military medical services.” The conference covered the achievements of the past year and looked forward to the future of Iraq’s military medical professionals. The doctors discussed many challenges facing the military medical corps, including quality control on medications, allocation of supplies, developing a standard medical history form and recruiting new doctors. “We need more doctors and nurses,” Dr. Samir said. The...
  • Dr. Mary Edwards Walker...profile of courage (vanity)

    05/01/2009 10:03:44 PM PDT · by ak267 · 3 replies · 379+ views
    American Civil War.com ^ | 05/01/2009 | ak267
    Mary Edwards Walker, one of the nation's 1.8 million women veterans, was the only one to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor, for her service during the Civil War. She, along with thousands of other women, were honored in the newly-dedicated Women in Military Service for America Memorial in October 1997
  • Army halts use of WoundStat

    04/22/2009 11:38:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1,045+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 23, 2009 | Mark Abramson,
    The U.S. Army has halted use of a powder designed to control bleeding only months after approving it because of concerns about its health effects. WoundStat was dropped because a study by the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research showed it could injure the lining and walls of blood vessels, Army officials say. WoundStat is a clay-based agent that is poured onto a moderate-to-severe wound and held in place until it sticks to the wound, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approved the product. The Army announced in October 2008 that it would start using it downrange,...
  • Report: Unscreened blood posed danger (Battlefield Blood in Iraq/Afghan tainted)

    04/13/2009 7:35:02 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Apr 11 | Travis J. Tritten
    For years, the use of unscreened blood transfusions exposed severely wounded servicemembers and other trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan to the inherent risk of diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria, according to medical experts who advise the secretary of defense. Battlefield attacks that resulted in mass casualties or severe injuries often overtaxed the military’s blood supply system until 2007, meaning medics collected fresh blood from those on site for emergency treatment of the wounded, the Defense Health Board wrote in a June 2008 report. The unscreened blood transfusions, however, did not meet federal safety standards required of all...
  • Army medicine: Untested in battle

    04/01/2009 2:30:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 805+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 29, 2009 | Robert Little
    New procedures were rushed into theaters of war without rigorous review The U.S. Army has quietly altered or abandoned some of its more experimental medical treatments for troops injured in combat, as advances it once hailed as groundbreaking are foundlargely ineffective or perhaps even dangerous. Advanced battle dressings, a blood-clotting drug, alternative procedures for emergency blood transfusions - each was introduced early in the Iraq war, often with little evidence to support them beyond anecdotes or tests on animals. A few were adopted widely by civilian hospitals, based almost exclusively on accolades from the military. But an investigation by The...
  • IA Soldiers Hone Combat Medical Skills

    03/28/2009 7:39:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    BAGHDAD — U.S. Soldiers of the 6th Iraqi Army (IA) Division’s Military Transition Team (MiTT) recently hosted a combat lifesaver class intended to help the IA to shoulder more of the load as Coalition forces responsibly withdraw. MiTT members taught a variety of first aid techniques including treatment of head trauma, fractures, impaled objects and controlling bleeding. “Basically [the goal of the] training that we conducted is…to combine the experience of the Iraqi medics along with the American medics,” said Sgt. 1st Class Gary Petty, medical advisor, 6th IA Div. MiTT. “We’re trying to get them trained on trauma-type situations;...
  • Face of Defense: Combat Medic Strengthens Skills Under Rigors of War

    03/23/2009 4:38:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Amber Robinson, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 23, 2009 – Combat medics serve double-duty when deployed overseas. They must not only be ready at a moment’s notice to provide lifesaving medical care, but they also have to be prepared to battle alongside their comrades. Army Spc. Timothy Currie, combat medic with 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, said he is prepared to take on either role. “Until there is a need for a medic on missions, I am basically a rifleman,” Currie said. “In order to gain the respect of your soldiers, you must help do their job alongside them and still find...
  • Pay Incentives Help Military Avoid Nursing Shortage

    03/20/2009 4:37:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 349+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – The Army, Navy and Air Force nurse corps are highly trained, capable and critical to the wartime mission of each service, the corps’ leaders told a congressional committee this week. The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee heard testimony March 18 from the services’ nursing chiefs. Each reported a healthy force that plays a vital role in maintaining the health of America’s servicemembers and saving lives on the battlefield. Despite a nationwide nursing shortage, all three services have had success in recruiting and retaining nurses, the leaders said. New incentive and training programs will help boost...
  • Army medic gets life in killing of 4 Iraqis

    02/21/2009 12:33:41 PM PST · by Gondring · 53 replies · 1,680+ views
    CNN.com ^ | updated 9:12 a.m. EST, Sat February 21, 2009
    Story Highlights Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. convicted of killing four Iraqi detainees Two other soldiers also face charges in the case Leahy acquitted of murder in the death of another Iraqi (CNN) -- A U.S. Army medic was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after being convicted of murdering four detainees in Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman in Germany said. Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., 28, was convicted on two counts of murder and premeditated murder for his role in the 2007 Baghdad area killings. Leahy was downgraded to private, his pay will be forfeited and...
  • Why is that innocent Palestinian “medic” packing a Kalashnikov assault rifle?

    02/16/2009 6:04:45 PM PST · by slomark · 11 replies · 907+ views
    (photo) The number of civilians killed in the recent Gaza conflict is dropping almost as fast as Hamas’ credibility. During the conflict, the Palestinian Authority wailed that Israel was slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians. One of them was supposedly an “innocent” medic named Naim. And the international press dutifully reported every word as truth. “Following the clashes,” the Israel Defense Force announced, “the Palestinian press reported that Naim was killed and that he was a medic with the Palestinian Red Crescent. The Gaza CLA, however, produced photographs of Naim posing holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and ...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers Learn Advanced Medical Skills

    01/06/2009 3:36:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Damian Steptore, USA
    An Iraqi Army medic, assigned to the 10th IA Division, administers intravenous fluids to a fellow Soldier during advanced combat medical skills training at Camp Mittica, near Tallil Air Base, in southern Iraq, Dec. 31, 2008. U.S. Army photo. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER — Approximately 15 Iraqi Army medics completed advanced combat medical skills training at Camp Mittica, near Tallil Air Base, in southern Iraq, Dec 31, 2008. Soldiers of the 10th IA Division attended the class offered through a continued partnership with the 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Staff Sgt. Junior St. Hilaire...
  • Funeral honors Moorestown [NJ] surgeon killed in Iraq

    01/05/2009 8:24:03 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 9 replies · 668+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 1/5/2009 | AP Via Star Ledger
    Funeral honors Moorestown surgeon killed in Iraq by The Associated Press A funeral service will be held this morning for a prominent New Jersey surgeon from who was killed in Iraq.The funeral for Army Maj. John P. Pryor is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Pryor died Christmas Day when a mortar round hit near his living quarters in Iraq. John Pryor, center, at work at the University of Pennsylvania trauma center in Philadelphia in 2007. The 42-year-old married father of three was a trauma surgeon at the Hospital of the University of...
  • John P. Pryor, 42, surgeon and soldier

    12/27/2008 3:45:28 PM PST · by mware · 27 replies · 1,300+ views
    Philadelphia Inquire ^ | Sat, Dec. 27, 2008 | Michael Matza
    John P. Pryor, 42, of Moorestown, the dedicated leader of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team and a decorated major in the Army Reserve who wrote eloquently about the painful parallels between battlefield deaths and urban homicides, was killed on Christmas by enemy fire in Iraq while serving as a combat surgeon.
  • Penn trauma surgeon killed in Iraq

    12/26/2008 8:44:13 PM PST · by paltz · 43 replies · 2,184+ views
    philly.com ^ | Fri, Dec. 26, 2008 | Michael Matza
    John P. Pryor, 42, of Moorestown, the dedicated leader of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team and a decorated major in the Army Reserve who wrote eloquently about the painful parallels between battlefield deaths and urban homicides, was killed on Christmas by enemy fire in Iraq while serving as a combat surgeon. Dr. Pryor deployed Dec. 6 and was with a risky frontline surgical unit when he was killed by shrapnel from a mortar round. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq. Dr. Pryor, who was experienced and cool under pressure, was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and...
  • Iraqi medics complete aeromedical evacuation course

    12/08/2008 3:49:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Master Sgt. Trish Freeland, USAF
    12/8/2008 - NEW AL-MUTHANA AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Instructors from the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio graduated 14 Iraqi air force medics from an aeromedical evacuation basics course here Dec. 4. The graduation ceremony was the culmination of 12 days of training that ended with a patient movement exercise requiring the students to prepare a C-130 Hercules for in-flight patient care. "We had them do everything from reconfiguring the inside of the C-130 and setting up all its internal components for movement to creating a load plan that tells how and where to...
  • Medic Earns Three Purple Hearts During One Deployment to Iraq (John Kerry he ain't!)

    12/01/2008 3:30:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 675+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2008 – If Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims was a cat, he’d have only six lives left after his yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 1st Armored Division’s Company B, 270th Armor Battalion, out of Fort Riley, Kan. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims, a medic who was wounded three times during his last deployment to Iraq, is preparing to deploy again. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I was wounded three times in Iraq the last time I was there,” Sims said of the deployment that began in January 2005. Sims, a medic,...
  • Combat Medic Training Evolves to Save Lives (MEDIC! CORPSMAN!)

    11/18/2008 3:13:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 1,236+ views
    SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 18, 2008 – One day before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Army senior leaders put into place a plan to overhaul the service’s combat medic training. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Haney delivers a review of the combat medics’ performance in the “blood lab” at the Department of Combat Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The medics must work through the lab using a combination of soldier and medic skills administering aid, but watching for hidden dangers such as homemade bombs and enemy weapons. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Face of Defense: Medic Enjoys Camaraderie During Deployment

    10/02/2008 4:36:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 254+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Allison Churchill, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, Oct. 2, 2008 – Pfc. Serena Norman took some ribbing from her father and three older brothers -- all combat-arms Army veterans -- when she decided to follow their footsteps into the military. Army Pfc. Serena Norman, a medic with Company C, 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Fires Brigade, tends to Iraqi children during a mission in Kut, Iraq, Sept. 19, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Bishop  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Her family expected her to be the one to go straight to college in pursuit of a medical...
  • Combat Medicine at Its Finest

    08/29/2008 2:56:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dr. (Capt.) Joseph May, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — During a recent air assault operation in the Diyala province, the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division medical team once again demonstrated its excellence. The group, which consisted of one physician, three physician assistants, one mental health provider, a preventive medicine officer and numerous skilled combat medics, delivered seamless and exceptional medical care, despite harsh conditions. Several of the team members flew by helicopter, carrying everything needed to set up a rapid aid station with them. A rapid aid station is able to provide immediate treatment for any injuries sustained during the early phase of an...
  • Kandahar tourniquet developed to save lives

    08/19/2008 6:58:18 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 137+ views
    Canadian Forces Army News ^ | 2008-08-18 | Capt Mike McBride
    Kandahar tourniquet developed to save livesMonday, August 18, 2008Project Number:08-0556Kandahar, Afghanistan – Afghan soldiers can now save lives thanks to a medical prototype developed by Coalition forces. The Kandahar tourniquet, created for the Afghan National Army (ANA), will improve the survival rate of soldiers suffering serious injuries and massive hemorrhage. Imagine a dismounted infantry company mentoring team moving through a village in the Zhari District of Afghanistan. The team is weighed down with weapons, ammunition, radios, night vision devices and personal protective equipment. Every soldier is trained to deliver tactical combat casualty care and is equipped with advanced wound dressings,...
  • US Iraq war hero Joseph Dwyer dies of apparent drugs overdose

    07/20/2008 5:48:50 PM PDT · by LuxMaker · 29 replies · 252+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 09/07/2008 | Tom Leonard
    A US army medic who became a symbol of American heroism and integrity in the Iraq war has died of an apparent drugs overdose.
  • For my Medic Friends

    06/26/2008 1:55:45 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 12 replies · 346+ views
    Steve Newton ^ | 2008 | Steve Newton
    Today it was announced that in keeping with honoring the wounded and ill of our Armed Forces, the Silver Star Families of America will begin issuing certificates of appreciation to military medical personnel.
  • Navy Docs Extend Treatment to Local Village

    06/04/2008 6:49:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 169+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Jessica Aranda, USMC
    Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cristina Williams, the medical officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), checks the vital signs of an Iraqi schoolboy here May 15, 2008. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica Aranda. AL ANBAR PROVINCE — Medical personnel attached to Marine Wing Support Squadrons 172 and 274 visited a local village to participate in a cooperative medical engagement here recently. CME missions are dedicated to providing health care to local nationals who lack adequate facilities while simultaneously raising awareness on the people’s health conditions to the Iraqi government.“The Marine Corps is often involved in special...
  • Visionary doctor helps hundreds of Iraqis

    05/29/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Nathan Gallahan, USAF
    /29/2008 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A single doctor, a retired Air Force colonel, arrived here without much fanfare May 18 and left four days later. He left in his wake improved sight for many Iraqis and priceless training for Nasiriyah General Hospital physicians in Nasiriyah, Iraq. He traveled with a few bags and a 50-pound box containing a microscope. A specialized, portable, eye-surgery microscope he used to treat people who may not have otherwise afforded it. He also carried 200 prescription glasses and 300 sunglasses to hand out freely to those in need. He performed his wonders at...