Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brit medic trains Afghans on Artillery Hill

A Military Operations news article

16 Mar 11

The only medic stationed at the small camp of Tapa Topche, more commonly known as Artillery Hill, outside Gereshk in southern Helmand, is providing essential medical training for Afghan soldiers.

Corporal Harvey Davies with Afghan soldier

Corporal Harvey Davies shows an Afghan soldier how to apply a field dressing
[Picture: Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

Corporal Harvey Davies, aged 30, from the Royal Army Medical Corps, is attached to the Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA).

When the regiment deployed to Afghanistan, Corporal Davies deployed alongside, expecting to fulfil his usual role of battery medic. This would normally involve dealing with the varied medical needs of a gun battery whilst deployed on operations.

But now Corporal Davies finds himself not only caring for his battery, but also teaching the Afghan soldiers they are working with essential first aid.

The focus of British operations in Helmand province is on increasing Afghan self-sufficiency, and the medical area is no exception...

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