Tag Archives: Kandahar

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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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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Turmoil and Vigilance

By Capt. Bruce C. Meneley, commanding officer, NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit Kandahar, Afghanistan and Task Force Medical – South Many of our staff will be rotating out soon and thoughts of home are frequently on their minds along with packing, getting ready to move, and turning over their jobs to the new arrivals.  Even at the slowest times …

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Leaving Kandahar is a Bittersweet Feeling

By U.S. Navy Capt. Mike McCarten, former commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan. McCarten is a family physician and aerospace medicine specialist. The old saying that war is hell is true, and those of us at the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar needed no convincing of that. Our job was to deal with …

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Navy Reserves Have Major Impact on NATO Role 3 in Kandahar

  By Capt. Mike McCarten, commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan. McCarten is a U.S. Navy family physician and aerospace medicine specialist. I command the NATO trauma hospital south of Kandahar City, the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) staffed with 225 men and women from Navy Medicine. To them, the scenes in …

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