Tuesday, August 23, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Medical outreach visit helps hundreds in Southern Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Aug. 9, 2005– Paratroopers and medical personnel assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne) treated more than 600 Afghans, and their farm animals, in the Nawbahar village. The village is located north of Kandahar and is the former homeland of the Taliban.

The village medical outreach visit, or VMO, treated 616 people. One hundred and four individuals also received dental treatment during the visit. Veterinarians with the group also treated hundreds of farm animals, the most common illness among them being worms.

The paratroopers also assisted local police forces fix their patrol vehicles and motorcycles and taught several classes to the ANP on the topic of vehicle maintenance.

"These VMO visits are an excellent way for our forces to interact with Afghans and to show them that we are in Afghanistan to help," said Col (Dr.) Rich Trotta, Combined Joint Task Force-76 surgeon. "This part of Afghanistan was once a stronghold of the Taliban, but now we’re seeing more and more of the people who live there working with our forces and welcoming our presence. Our medical and veterinarian experts are able to help the people and their livestock in many of Afghanistan ’s smaller, remote villages.” (source)

...the girls of Bragg...
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