04 August 2009

The Golden Hour

"Give us the first hour... and we'll give you the rest of your life."

- Motto of Task Force Med, 101st Air Assault Surgical Team at Bagram's SSG Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital

In a follow up to an earlier post about Bagram's SSG Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital, here's a photo essay from tampabay.com with additional images of the life-saving work carried out on a daily basis by the medical personnel there. (Caution: The last photo at the link - not shown here - is a graphic image of an amputation. You may not wish to scroll all the way down if you are unaccustomed to seeing traumatic injuries.)

U.S. medevac personnel pick up a wounded soldier in the Tagab Valley, north of Kabul, on June 4. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A wounded Afghan translator working for the U.S. military lays on a stretcher on June 4 as he is taken off a helicopter at the air base. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Sgt. Al Smoot from Harold, California and serving in Afghanistan with a U.S. Medevac team, gives CPR to a U.S. soldier on June 7 in the hospital's emergency room. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Maj. Maureen Nalen of Las Vegas, Nevada, with Task Force Med, talks with other emergency room personnel on June 2. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

U.S. medical personnel treat a wounded Afghan soldier on June 5. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A wounded U.S. soldier in the emergency room on June 7. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Spc. Jon Reed, of Woodland, California sits in bed at the Bagram Air Base hospital on June 7. Reed was wounded in an ambush. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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