Medical

Specialized Prosthetics Being Developed for Active Duty SEALs

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Foundation and Quality of Life Plus (QL+) teamed-up to create prosthetic limbs for active duty SEALs. The QL+ team is made up of two three-man teams of graduate level students who build the specialized prosthetics. The California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo based project began January 2010 and the …

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Amputee Graduates from Special Forces Sniper Course

WASHINGTON, DC – John Wayne has toured Afghanistan and Iraq, hunted grizzly bears in Alaska and earned the Silver Star; and as of July, he is the first one-legged Soldier to graduate the Special Forces Sniper Course. Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding of Groesbeck, Texas, that is. In April 2008, Walding and nine other Special Forces Soldiers from a 3rd …

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SF Soldier Takes First Jump with Prosthetic

GRENADA, MS – Faced with a long recovery and the reality that he might never run, surf or return to his Special Forces team, Army Staff Sgt. Andre Murnane made the decision last year to have his right leg amputated below the knee after it was shattered by a roadside bomb that detonated in eastern Afghanistan. “My dreams and ambitions …

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STS Airman Gives Himself to Save Son

NEW HAVEN, CT – An Airman from Hurlburt Field, Fla., donated a portion of his liver to help save the life of a two-year-old boy. Senior Airman Mario Webb, a ground radio maintainer from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, acted as a living donor to give his son, Genghis, a liver transplant in April. Airman Webb and Genghis are scheduled …

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No One Cares Like SOF Cares

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – Traumatic Brain Injuries, blindness, cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe burns; whatever the affliction, one organization stands out in assuring the best possible care will be given to our special operations heroes. The U.S. Special Operations Command’s Care Coalition, established in 2005, serves as a model advocacy program for all wounded, ill, or injured special operations …

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Commando Medics Enter Residency Program

KABUL, Afghanistan – With the arrival of two fatally-wounded civilians and another suffering from a miscarriage, the intensive care unit resembled a clip from the American TV show, “E.R.” Afghan doctors barked orders as nurses responded, quickly preparing injections and taking notes as the big round clock in the back of the room ticked ominously. Among the blue smocks and …

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Special Forces Medical Training Saves Afghan Commando

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Among the most important members of any combat unit is the medic. A member of an elite Afghan Commando unit recently learned this first hand. Staff Sgt. Amrullah Nabiullah, with the 3rd Commando Kandak, was participating in a cordon and search in Helmand province when insurgents engaged him and his unit with small-arms fire. Amrullah and two …

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AFP and JSOTF-Philippines Teach Combat Medic Lifesaving Course

CAVITE, Philippines – Twenty Armed Forces of the Philippines Navy SEALs participated in a month-long lifesaving course taught by three U.S. Navy SEAL Medics assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines at Naval Station Cavite from, Jan. 11-Feb. 5. The purpose of the course was to train one to two AFP Navy SEALs from each Naval Special Operations Unit as …

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Portable Ultrasound Empowers Special Forces Medics

FORT BRAGG, NC – When Dr. (Maj.) Andrew Morgan came to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), he already knew the value of ultrasound machines from being an emergency physician at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. He brought that knowledge with him to the group in the summer of 2007 when he became the battalion surgeon for 1st Battalion, …

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Special Forces Save Afghan Toddler’s Life

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – On an isolated mountain in Day Kundi, an Afghan child lay motionless and unresponsive. The boy had fallen off a precipice, rolled down a hill and hit his head so hard, he was knocked unconscious. The boy’s father took him to the nearest Afghan clinic but his injuries were far beyond the clinic’s capabilities. This …

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