Sunday, January 13, 2008

More Military News: Baby girl, students, clinic

This is a very touching article, and it is sad at the same time. Thank God for our guys.
Coalition, Afghan Soldiers save baby girl.
by Media Center Bagram
Bagram Media Center.
January 9, 2008.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - ANSF and CF saved the life of a 1-year-old girl after she was badly burned falling into a fire used to heat her family’s home in Lashkar Gah District in Helmand Province. Coalition medics immediately began lifesaving efforts after her family brought her to a combined military outpost. Doctors assessed the girl’s condition and determined she was burned over 20 percent of her body, including burns to her face, arms, scalp and hands. Medics arranged for a helicopter to take the child, escorted by her uncle, to another military outpost with more medical capabilities in the nearby Washir District of Helmand Province. Doctors prepared, cleaned and dressed the baby’s burns. "While there are clinics and medical facilities in Helmand District, sometimes it is difficult for villagers in outlying areas to access that care,” explained a Coalition forces medic. “ANSF and Coalition forces were able to work together to save this little girl’s life. Even though insurgents have made life difficult for villagers in this region, ANSF are committed to providing for the well being and security of the Afghan people.”

Coalition medics stabilize a 1-year-old girl who was badly burned when she fell into a fire used to heat her family’s home in the Lashkar Gah District, Helmand Province. Coalition and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to save the girl’s life and arranged her transport to another military outpost with more substantial medical capabilities. She was escorted to the new military outpost by her uncle. Photo by Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan.

Source: CENTCOM.
I pray this young child lives throught this ordeal. I know the medics who worked on her certainly do, too.
Coalition troops aid Afghan students in Bagram.
by Media Center Bagram
Jan. 8, 2008
Bagram Media Center.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Jan. 8, 2008) — It was a banner day Jan. 6 for children attending the Jan Qadam School near Bagram village. Coalition troops assigned to Bagram Airfield stopped by the school, which is near the airfield, to visit with children, teachers and village elders, as well as deliver several boxes of school supplies and toys.

The eight-room schoolhouse caters to more than 1,000 students daily, in three shifts. The students range in age from 5 to 15 years old. Fifteen servicemembers entered the village carrying boxes of supplies for the children. Once they arrived at the school, village elders distributed the items to the children, boys in one classroom and girls in another. The children laughed and smiled as they received their gifts, which included notebooks, pencils, crayons and toys. Some students received new shoes and personal hygiene items.

Haji Enr Yatullah, the school’s principal and a village elder, said being good neighbors is important for the well-being of the village. “You not only help me, but you help all the villages around here,” Yatullah said.

One Coalition servicemember in charge of the distribution effort explained that building good relationships with our closest neighbors helps ensure the safety of the village. “I view this area outside the base as my responsibility,” he said.

Coalition servicemembers do what they can to help the villagers. It is their way of building rapport with the citizens of Afghanistan, letting the villagers know that they care about their safety and security as much as the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does.

In addition to delivering school supplies and other goods, Coalition forces servicemembers met with village elders to see what other types of assistance they could provide. Yatullah, and the other village elders, would like to see other projects from their Coalition force partners.

“We want to get furniture for the teachers,” said one Coalition servicemember. “The students have desks but the teachers are standing the entire day.”

“Projects like these help connect Coalition forces servicemembers with the community in which we serve,” the servicemember said.

A Coalition servicemember chats with a young student at the Jan Qadam School, near Bagram Village, Parwan Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, while Haji Enr Yatullah, the school’s principal and a village elder, look on. Servicemembers brought donated winter clothes, shoes, toys and school supplies to the school to show their support for villagers.

Source: CENTCOM.
Many Americans send supplies for the children, such as pencils, pens, paper, crayons, backpacks, and even clothes. If you are interested in sending something to the children, there are many organizations which you can go through. Soldiers' Angels is a good source to find what you are for.
Corps of Engineers completes al Mahaweel clinic.
by John Connor
Jan. 9, 2008
Gulf Region Division, US Army Corps of Engineers.

BABIL PROVINCE, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2008) —Work is complete on a primary healthcare center at al Mahaweel in Babil Province. The facility was constructed for about $1 million under two construction contracts and five non-construction contacts, according to Robin Parks, health sector program manager for the Gulf Region South District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

GRS does construction and reconstruction work in the nine southern provinces of Iraq. The money for the clinic was provided under the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund. The non-construction contracts provided medical equipment, plus installation and training, as well as electrical generators, furniture and office equipment, Parks said.

"This project will provide a much-needed primary and preventative care facility for the neighborhoods surrounding al Mahaweel, a city of approximately 237,773 in Babil Province," said Maj. Tracy Coleman, resident engineer and officer-in-charge of GRS's Babil Resident Office, who oversaw the project.

The al Mahaweel project is a 1,155 square meter two-story facility providing for medical/dental examination and treatment with space dedicated for X-rays, vaccinations, laboratory, pharmacy and public education. The clinic will employ an estimated 42 people if fully staffed, Parks said.

The facility is one of the many primary healthcare clinic projects coming to fruition in southern Iraq. This is the second clinic to be completed of the seven in Babil Province being worked by USACE, Coleman said, adding that the other five clinics are very near completion.

Work on about three dozen other health clinics is approaching completion or has been completed in recent months in the GRS area of responsibility.

The Al Mahaweel Primary Healthcare Clinic in Babil Province was recently completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division South district.

Source: CENTCOM.
Our guys and gals are doing so many good works that go unnoticed by the dinosaur media day in and day out, it makes me wonder if they truly want us to win. Just thinking, ya know? Digg! Digg!

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