|LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq, March 8, 2007 — Meeting with the doctor who helped deliver you isn’t an everyday occurrence, especially when the reunion takes place on the other side of the world.
Col. (Dr.) Stephen C. Ulrich received the chance during a recent flight surgeon mission in Kirkuk, Iraq. He met the second child he ever delivered more than 20 years ago.
Ulrich, the 285th Area Support Medical Company deputy chief of clinical services, delivered Air Force Staff Sgt. Tiffany Watkins in 1981 at one of the first hospitals he worked located in Zanesville, Ohio.
“We exchanged salutes and then hugged each other in the parking lot,” he said. “We were two Perry County people a long way from home.”
Watkins, of the 445th Civil Engineering Squadron, said she hadn’t seen Ulrich in more than 15 years and she was surprised to learn he was in Iraq.
“It was a very unique experience,” she said. “Not many people can say they met the doctor who took care of them as a child - in Iraq.”
Ulrich, who is in the Ohio National Guard, said Watkins’ father and grandmother kept him posted on her progress.
“I received a letter from her grandmother, telling me that she was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he said. “I was not sure where she was in Iraq until I received a letter from her telling me she was at Kirkuk Air Base.”
Ulrich, who was in the process of transferring from 2nd Battalion, 135th General Aviation Support Battalion here,