Saturday, October 27, 2012

1980th Forward Surgical Team

This is a tough week for many of us. Soon, the 1980th FST will be going home after 9 long months of deployment to FOB Sharana, Afghanistan.

This is an exceptional unit that has accomplished many remarkable things in a challenging and stressful environment. Without reservation, I would put this unit up against any active duty or reserve FST out there. They have saved lives, and I am honored to have the privilege to work along side of them the last 7 weeks.


The best group of enlisted and NCOs I have ever worked with.

1980th FST with previous provider group.
"Live to die another day."
Our goodbye bonfire/cigar party for the 1980th FST. The wood was "acquired" from numerous locations under dubious circumstances. Don't ask...

The new FST, the 691st from New York, is up and functioning. The 691st knows that they have big shoes to fill, and I am confidant that they are up to the task.

Meanwhile, there still is work to do.

691st and 1980th FST personnel waiting to take incoming patients off MEDEVAC helicopters.

MAJ Campbell and the 691st FST taking care of patient with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Blurry pre-trauma photo.

MAJ Campbell as "COL Awesome." Yes, he is allowed to carry a loaded weapon.

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