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Air Medevac Unit Conducts Seven Evacuations in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2005 – Coalition forces operating out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, conducted seven medical evacuations by aircraft March 29, with most related to transport injured Afghan citizens.

The evacuations included:

  • Two U.S. soldiers with injuries received during an IED strike followed by small-arms fire in an ambush north of Kandahar;
  • A 25-year-old Afghan man with an injury caused by an anti-personnel mine blast in Asadabad;
  • A 28-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy with second- and third-degree burns in Torkham;
  • A 23-year-old police officer with three gunshot wounds, two to the right forearm and one to the right collarbone, in an area east of Kabul;
  • A teenager suffering from hypothermia after the Band-e-Sultan Dam burst in Ghazni province;
  • An elderly man with a gunshot wound to his chest in Orgun-E; and,
  • Six Afghan National Army soldiers with a variety of injuries sustained in an ambush in Asadabad involving the detonation of an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire.
The injured were flown to different locations throughout Afghanistan.

Dr. (Col.) Richard Trotta, command surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force 76, was pleased with the reaction time from the air medical teams.

"This is great effort from the whole team," Trotta said. "This spring period we have seen an increase in medical evacuations. Seven evacuations in one day is a mark of a well-trained, world-class team who can support the servicemembers as well as the Afghan people."

In other news, Afghan National Army soldiers on a patrol discovered a rocket with a timer pointed at the Kandahar Airfield March 29.

The soldiers secured the site while explosive-ordnance-disposal personnel from the airfield destroyed the rocket.

(Based on Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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