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Exercise strengthens surgeon, medic bond

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – A couple of months ago, an Afghan road worker was using dynamite to clear a section of road in a village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

The dynamite went off early and hit him in the eye. He went to the closest hospital at Forward Operating Base Bostick, located in Naray District.

“He came in with, basically, his eyeball hanging out,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven E. Spencer, a Bastrop, LA, native and squadron surgeon for 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “What do you do in this case? So we practice (treating) the penetrating eye injury.”

U.S. Army Pfc. Keely S. Layne, a medic from Goochland, VA, assigned to 102nd Forward Surgical Team, Task Force Bandit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, checks on a simulated patient during a mass-casualty exercise at Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan Feb. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Pfc. Keely S. Layne, a medic from Goochland, VA, assigned to 102nd Forward Surgical Team, Task Force Bandit, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, checks on a simulated patient during a mass-casualty exercise at Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan Feb. 2nd. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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