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Navy Medical Unit

After a recent insurgent attack in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, Army Capt. Leyland C. Torres, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment's adjutant, does his share to aid a fellow service member he's never met, donating blood at Camp Taqaddum's main surgical facility. Often, service members such as Torres, a 32-year-old native of Oak Forest, Ill., will show up within five minutes of the request going out, said Cmdr. Richard L. Schroff, the officer in charge of Taqaddum Surgical. Since taking over the facility , Schroff, a 43-year-old native of Carrollton, Va., and his unit have used the emergency blood donation system seven times, including a stretch of four out of five days recently. Taqaddum Surgical handles the duties of both a shock trauma platoon and a forward resuscitative surgical suite, which are essentially makeshift emergency and operating rooms. When a service member is injured in battle, he receives specialized resuscitative treatment from the STP, with surgery provided by the FRSS. More extensive care is provided at one of the Combat Army Surgical Hospitals in Baghdad or Balad.



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This work, Navy Medical Unit [Image 5 of 16], by CPT Robert Shuford, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.26.2006

Date Posted:04.26.2006 10:25

Photo ID:18662

Resolution:3504x2336

Size:3.85 MB

Location:AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IQGlobe

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