News: Medical training helps ANA treat combat wounded
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The medical training Afghan National Army soldiers received last winter proved valuable when several were wounded in western Zormat District, Afghanistan, during a week-long operation that ended May 14.
Wounded during operation El Dorado, their fellow ANA soldiers treated them using the skills they’d practiced during a coalition-led course in January.
Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, TF Duke, developed the Combat Medical Training Course to train the ANA on basic combat lifesaver skills.
ANA soldier Abdul Samad used these medical skills May 9 when insurgents attacked an ANA-run traffic control point injuring two ANA soldiers.
“I applied a pressure dressing around his shoulder the exact way I trained and practiced in medical classes that I received from the coalition forces,” said Samad.
The Afghan soldiers evacuated the two casualties to nearby U.S. Army medics who were with the Personal Security Detail Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, TF Lethal, for further treatment.
“When the injured ANA arrived we were happy to see one of them already had a bandage on,” said U.S. Army Pfc. William Drayfahl, medic, of Columbus Junction, Iowa.
The PSD medics stabilized both ANA casualties and evacuated them to higher medical care at Forward Operating Base Sharana.
The following day, an improvised explosive device struck an ANA convoy, giving the Afghans another chance to put their skills to work.
This time, they stabilized three injured Afghan soldiers before evacuating them to FOB Salerno for follow-up treatment.
“The ANA stepped up to the challenge and faced their wounded soldiers with confidence and a sense of knowledge,” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Joedy Dennis of Alden, Iowa, the senior enlisted soldier of Company D.
"There is no doubt in my mind that I would be proud to have one of these ANA trainees take care of me or my soldiers if we were in need of medical assistance due to combat injuries.”