Story and photo by Senior Airman Erica Picariello
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
KHANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – A team of four medical professionals from 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, walked outside the Forward Operating Base Ramrod compound to medically assess local nationals living next to the base’s entry control point June 25.
These Afghanistan citizens had been hired by the U.S. government, but were required to stay quarantined outside the gate for 24 hours before coming onto the base to work.
“We treated a wide-range of ailments to include, gastrointestinal problems, common cold, joint pain, muscle ache and minor abrasions,” said 1st Lt. Marshall Jackson, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., medical officer. “These people are helping us perform our mission on FOB Ramrod, so it’s great to be able to help them in return,” he said.
According to the Center for Technology and National Security Policy National Defense University, focusing on health issues provides opportunities to overcome Taliban influence, strengthen the young Afghan government and set the conditions for long-term economic growth.
“We are not here to become their (local nationals) primary health care provider,” said Capt. Michael Attilio, 1st Bn. surgeon.
“Our long-term goal is to with the local doctor or nurse in Hutal village to help them establish and strengthen their health plan.”