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Angels of mercy: in the midst of the combat zone, amazing lifesavers come to the rescue.

IN the continuing war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict, African-American soldiers--male and female--are, as they have done in past wars, making heroic contributions--and exhibiting levels of patriotism and bravery that many times require them to disregard their own lives.

Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than when you consider the efforts of the courageous who provide medical assistance in the midst of battle. One group comprises the Air Force's 315th Airlift Wing, which includes aeromedical personnel who go into the combat zone to treat and evacuate injured soldiers who are airlifted to medical facilities in Iraq and Germany.

On these pages is a poignant look at a special group of soldiers who risk their lives to save lives and who are representative of the thousands making invaluable contributions in the ongoing fight for freedom.

In Balad, Iraq, a soldier is transported to a hospital in Germany before being sent to a medical facility in the U.S. At right, U.S. Army E-4 Specialist Pressley Jones of Chicago is among troops providing security in the "Sunni Triangle," Saddam Hussein's former stronghold.

USAF Capt. Terry Troutman of Tallahassee, Fla., pilots the C-17 combat aircraft, which is used to transport supplies and injured troops. Capt. Darrell Saylor (below, l.) and Chief Master Sgt. Myron Christopher of Charleston, S.C., transport an emergency litter for injured troops.

In Germany, Maj. Kendra P. Whyatt (above) of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps is the head nurse in the orthopedic unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Maj. Whyatt, from Greenwood, Miss., is a 15-year veteran, serving her second tour of duty in Europe. In Balad, Iraq (left), General his first name/Herron. an Army lieutenant who is a registered nurse from Salisbury, N.C., attends to a patient who has a lung problem.

At Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Maj. Paul Phillips III (r.) of the U.S. Army reserve Medical Corps attends to the injuries of a wounded soldier. The orthopedic surgeon from Arlington, Texas, specializes in hand and upper-extremity injuries.

In Iraq, U.S. Army Spec. Rajendran Kumaraswamy (left) assists Iraqi citizens in the Sunni Triangle. USAF Col. Urba Moore (below) of Biloxi, Miss., is commander of the Expeditionary Medical Group Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq, and she is the only African-American female who has done a residency in aerospace medicine in the Air Force. U.S. Army Sgt. Tywanna Johnson (below, left) performs civil affairs duty in the Sunni Triangle. At bottom, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer-4 Tyman Wallace is a lead project manager and quality assurance specialist, responsible for maintaining hospital utilities and utilities support systems.

In Germany (top), an injured soldier from Iraq is transported to an ambulance for further medical assistance. At right, the "walking wounded" from Iraq are transferred from a C-141 aircraft before being shuttled to a hospital. USAF Staff Sgt. Darryl (Skip) Allen (above) directs the configuration of an aircraft for patients and cargo.


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Title Annotation:African American soldiers
Author:Cobb, Vandell
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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