"NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army doctor watches as medical personnel assigned to the 240th Field Surgical Team (Airborne) at Forward Operating Base Fenty’s Trauma Room, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, prepare to take an X-Ray of an Afghan boy injured in an anti-Afghan forces bomb blast outside a remote Kunar province village, Nov. 11. Afghans injured in the explosion were helicoptered to various field hospitals in Regional Command-East for treatment. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).”
Medics of Task Force 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment are awarded the esteemed Combat Medic Badge during a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Independence in Baghdad 17 January 2005. Twenty of the task force’s medics received the badge, which can only be earned by a medic engaged in ground combat operations as a medical specialist, generally with an infantry unit.
"Having a good medic out there gives you confidence, knowing that you’re going to be taken care of by someone you can trust when you put yourself in between that shrapnel and everybody else," said Lt. Col. Thomas MacDonald, commander, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. "Today we honoring them by presenting them this badge, which was designed to be worn by medics alongside infantrymen wearing the Combat Infantryman’s Badge."
More than 150 Purple Heart Medals were presented to 1-9 Cavalry troops in 2004.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Erik LeDrew, 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 28 January 2005.)
Spc. Thomas Appelhanz, a flight medic with 6th Battalion, 101st CAB, Wings of Destiny, checks to ensure IV fluid is flowing properly to a wounded Afghan National Army solidier during a patient transfer mission at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan Nov. 5. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan