DUSTOFF Crews Stay
Busy in Afghanistan
Kathleen Rhem, American Forces Press Service, published in the Fort Sam
Houston News Leader, 21 November 2002.
evacuation aircraft crews stayed busy in Afghanistan proving how dangerous a
place the war-torn country remains. In three instances, Afghan civilians
with potentially life-threatening injuries were evacuated and treated by
American medical assets, Department of Defense officials said. In a separate
incident, a U.S. service member was evacuated for treatment of a broken
In the first of the
three Afghan incidents, a man in the village of Qala-E-Nasra lost a foot in
a mine explosion. He was evacuated to the U.S. Combat Support Hospital at
Bagram Air Base, near Kabul, and is in stable condition after undergoing
surgery, officials said.
An Afghan man in the
village of Tarin Khowt, about 200 miles southwest of Kabul, sustained severe
injuries to his right hand, leg, and foot when a hand grenade exploded under
unknown circumstances, according to military reports. Officials said the man
would have lost his hand, had he not been flown to Kandahar Airfield, where
an American forward surgical team treated him.
The third incident
involved two children and one adult shot in the village of Deh Rawod, about
50 miles north of Kandahar on the afternoon of 16 November. A three-year-old
was shot in the face, and a 17-year-old was shot in the right thigh. The
father of the three year old was also shot in his right calf and forearm,
but his injuries weren’t reported to be as serious as those of the children.
operated on all three at Kandahar airfield, and all were reported in stable
Also on 16 November,
an American soldier broke his wrist, reportedly by falling off a roof. He
was taken to a forward operating base for air evacuation to Bagram and then
was scheduled for travel to the U.S. Army Medical Center at Landstuhl,
Germany, for further evaluation and treatment, officials said. They released
no information on the soldier’s location or activities at the time he was
Unknown enemy forces
targeted U.S. troops in Afghanistan twice over the weekend. No coalition
personnel or facilities were hit in either incident, officials said.