Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Eleven Years in Kandahar: The Life and Legacy of the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit, 2009-2020

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED Communications For nearly 15 years, the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) has served as the premier trauma and casualty receiving center in Afghanistan. And for 11 of those years, the U.S. Navy has stood at its helm. In September 2020, the U.S. Navy relinquished command of the Role III, ending a storied …

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Hospital Corpsman #ThankfulFor Small Acts of Kindness

Editor’s note: On November 26, Good Morning America featured Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (HM2) Shannon Thompson as part of its “Thankful Happens Here” series celebrating military heroes, their families and community members who made a lasting impact. Here is HM2 Thompson’s story.   I was raised to be nice to everyone. As my parents always said, “kill ‘em with kindness.”  I …

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Corpsman Spotlight: “Angels of the Battlefield”

Editor’s note: On the evening of November 4, the Armed Services YMCA will honor two Navy corpsmen at the 9th annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala in Washington D.C. The event honors military medics and corpsmen who have valiantly risked their lives while saving the lives of countless others. Here are their stories. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (HM1) Wayne N. Papalski …

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Trauma Team Works Towards a Common Goal at Role 3 Hospital in Afghanistan

By Cmdr. Mark Lenert and Lt. Cmdr. Ian Valerio, Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan The pager goes off.  It is a Trauma “A” alert, “IED blast casualty with multiple wounds”… another reminder of being in a warzone, and part of the daily life of the medical care team at the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. …

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Saving lives: Navy hospital corpsmen

By Cpl. Isaac Lamberth, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing The Bastion Role 3 hospital is known in Helmand province for its superb medical care and the extraordinary talent of its medical staff. Completing a three-week tour at the hospital, two sailors from Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 gained combat life-saving experience and were able to apply …

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