1st LAR Bn Corpsmen Treat Afghan Children
[FONT=Verdana]COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan – In late afternoon July 9, the sun setting when alarming news reached the corpsman at the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion’s Basic Aid Station.
“A messenger came in and notified us that there were two [girls] that showed up at the south gate,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Coughlin, senior corpsman with the Police Mentoring Team, 1st LAR Bn, from Mesa, Ariz.
The corpsmen went to the south gate to help. They learned that the girls fell in the river and weren’t breathing.
“So, I ran up with another corpsman and started assessing the girls. The younger girl wasn’t responding,” said Coughlin, 22.
The corpsmen had to move quickly if the girls were to have any chance of surviving.
“We took the older one and cleared her airway and got some of the water out, but she still wouldn’t respond unless when administrated pain to keep her awake,” Coughlin said.
The corpsmen then purged the water from her lungs to stabilize her.
“At that point she was able to breath on her own,” Coughlin said.
The younger girl still wasn’t breathing. Twenty minutes had passed, but the corpsmen weren’t ready to quit. The sailors called in a medical evacuation helicopter to take them to a larger medical facility.
“I could tell she still had some fight in her. She wasn’t ready to give up, and I wasn’t willing to give up on her,” Coughlin said.
“It’s all about helping the patient and focusing on what I can do to the best of my capabilities to bring them back,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Palma, a corpsman with the PMT, 1st LAR Bn., from Dededo, Guam.
The corpsmen did everything in their power to save the girls.
“They both left the BAS alive and with hope they would survive this incident, but unfortunately only one made it back,” Coughlin said.
“I know that my corpsmen did well that day and I am confident that everything that could be done, was done.”
Although the corpsmen weren’t able to save both the girls, they remain hopeful that the family knows they did their best.
“I hope that when people see what we’re doing, they realize that we’re here for them,” Coughlin said. “We’re here to protect them from the insurgents and help is available to anyone that asks for it. We want to help them in any way that we can.”[/FONT]
Female Marine Brings Diversity to the Women of Afghanistan
[FONT=Verdana]PATROL BASE SAIPAN, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Sharhonda U. Jones had constantly been asking her command for a chance to deploy, so when they approached her and told her about the new female engagement team program, she jumped at the opportunity.
The 21-year-old from Wills Point, Texas, trained for three months before she deployed. She participated in field and weapons training, as well as classes on the Pashtu language and civil affairs.
The FET members, with Regimental Combat Team 7, believe that the more they go out and are seen by Afghan men, they will start to see what their women are capable of and give them a chance to become business women, teachers and even members of the government. Male Marines cannot effectively talk to the Afghan women because of cultural sensitivities.
“When I had to search my first Afghan woman, it was scary,” said Jones, originally an administration clerk. “I could see she was uncomfortable because she thought I was a guy.”
Jones, admitting it was hard to engage Afghan women at first, said that most of the locals in this area have never seen an African-American female before. They have grown accustom to only seeing African-American males come through. Every time Jones visits a compound or is involved in a village medical outreach, the local females automatically assume she is a male.
Jones has become more vocal around the women and has even gone as far as removing her flak so they can see her female figure. This way the Afghans are more comfortable and Jones can move on with her mission of engaging the Afghan women and children; showing them that this is so much more than just a war – the Marines are helping the Afghans build their government and use their own resources to rebuild their country after years of fighting.
“She’s great with the kids,” said Lance Cpl. Kathryn L. Mannion, Jones’s team leader with the FET. “And once the Afghan women realize she is a woman as well, they get a kick out of her. She’s really funny.”
Most FET members get assigned to ground forces made up of entirely male Marines, but Jones has a different perspective than most female Marines on that topic.
“I like it,” she exclaimed. “Growing up around males, I believe I have a different look on the Marine Corps. I see what they are going through and I have a lot of respect for them.”
She said that the male Marines have grown accustomed to working with her and her teammate, and they are treated as one of their own.
“She makes friends really easily,” Mannion said. “Everywhere we go, she always knows just about everyone there.”
Jones really enjoys and is proud of what she is doing out here, but when she returns home, she is going to be busy putting in her reenlistment package and her plan is to request temporary orders to try out for the Marine Corps basketball team.
“She loves the Marine Corps; I’ve never heard her complain once, no matter how bad the living conditions can get,” Mannion said. “She’s more than just a team member, she is a great friend.”[/FONT]
Here are a few of mine when I was in Ancon (first 3 photos), and Salinas (last 4 photos) Peru for UNITAS-2004.
Last edited by HollywoodMarine; 07-18-2010 at 11:20 AM.
Those are kind of small. Do you have any bigger ones?
Originally Posted by HollywoodMarine
They are still small. Maybe I am doing something wrong? I dont know.
Originally Posted by HollywoodMarine
Snipers 'Zero' New Rifle Aboard USS Peleliu
[FONT=Verdana]ON BOARD USS PELELIU – Marine snipers with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit were given a rare opportunity to practice their specialized skills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, July 9.
The Scout Sniper Platoon received their new M40A5 rifle just days before their scheduled Western Pacific deployment, preventing them from setting accurate measurements to properly employ the weapon.
“We needed to get her dialed in,” said Sgt Nicholas B. Abernathy, scout sniper team leader, H&S Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines, referring to his new best friend. “This was my first time firing the new M40A5 rifle, I deployed with my old weapon twice and she was good to me,” added Abernathy.
Adopted in January 2009, the new rifle now uses a flash hider or suppressor and a detachable box magazine.
“The new suppressor can allow the shooter to engage the enemy longer from the same position,” said Abernathy.
Despite the windy conditions and firing from a moving target, the snipers not only accomplished their goals but learned something new.
“My spotter and I figured out there is a natural pause during the ship’s movement,” stated Abernathy. “As the ship moves down, just before it rises there seems to be a natural pause, much like the same pause we experience during breathing.”
During marksmanship training, Marines are taught to slowly and steadily squeeze the trigger during this natural pause in breathing. As for the snipers, the new data made the training more meaningful.
“We never know when or where we’ll be asked to employ our specialty,” said Cpl. Emmanuel P. Velayo, radio operator and spotter, H&S Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines. “So firing from the ship really helped us know what to expect if we ever have to engage the enemy from the ship.”
While this was their first time firing the new weapon, the snipers routinely check their weapons out of the armory. If there’s one thing Abernathy has learned in his five years as a sniper, don’t get complacent.
“Once or twice a week we break out our weapons to [dry fire] and clean them,” said Abernathy. “Marksmanship is a perishable skill and I believe [dry firing] is absolutely critical. Muscle memory is what it’s all about,” added Abernathy.
The trigger time was useful and the snipers recognized the significance of having the rare opportunity to fire their precision weapons from the flight deck.
“Firing these weapons aboard a ship wasn’t easy to coordinate,” said 1st Lt. Michael P. Buckley, scout sniper platoon commander, H&S Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines. “I’m glad we could though, the juice was definitely worth the squeeze,” he added.[/FONT]
Any reservists hang around here?
OMG, please keep going with the pictures...
Originally Posted by Peanut
+1... I agree BB.
Originally Posted by Blackburn
As for everyone else, enjoy the photos and do not de-tract from the subject. Failure to do so while as a guest in "my house" will lead you to be removed... so standby.
Right enough about that badge and back to photos !
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