Additionally, these letters relate to the "accidental charity" that Sam started with just "A Whisper". This complete story appears on Michael Yon Online Magazine. One of Sam's first letters can be found here.
|View on the backside of the 173D Airborne BSB Charlie Med facilities|
|Our "Urban Renewal" Project - Improving the medical facilities at FOB Shank|
|These projects provide income to the local skilled labor in and around Logar Province, Afghanistan|
Typically, an FST is a stripped down resuscitative/damage-control surgical unit with no lab or x-ray, but our association with Charlie Med greatly expands our capability and equipment, providing plain x-ray and rapid labs and a much more organized bloodbank.
|Xray services provided by 173D Airborne BSB Charlie Med Company. |
SGT Wiermann (L) and SPC Hall (R) are xray technicians of the 173D
Photo By: LTC Bruce - 909th FST
|SGT Ledoux of the 173D Airborne BSB Charlie Med Co. provides top of the line lab services.|
|MedEvac rolling in to HLZ with members of 173D Airborne Charlie Med and 909th FST waiting to receive patient.|
Photo By: LTC Aldridge - 909th FST
|MAJ Sucher evaluates trauma patient in ATLS section. (Operating room through doors in background.)|
Background (SGT Ford (L) and LTC Aldridge (R))
Foreground (SSG Duffy (L), MAJ Sucher (M), SGT Hemmerle (R)) / Photo By: LTC Bruce - 909th FST
|LTC Aldridge (L) prepares to assist with trauma operation|
LTC James (R) keeps OR running efficiently
Photo By: SSG Penn - 909th FST
|909th FST new operating room built by LTC James, SSG Penn, SPC Nguyen and SPC Thomas (in background)|
This effectively tripled our space, giving us ample room to better care for our patients.
|Members of the 909th FST and the 173D Airborne BSB Charlie Med prepare to evacuate multiple ICU patients|
Photo By: MAJ Provenzano - 909th FST Commander
|PJ UH60 Black Hawk evacuating trauma patient to Bagram AirField (BAF)|
Photo By: LTC Bruce - 909th FST
|LTC James, SSG Penn, SGT Hemmerle and SPC Nguyen building new operating room|
|LTC James (L) and SPC Nguyen (R) continue their perpetual FOB improvement project|
FOB Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan
|LTC Aldridge using his own NFL style visual aids during daily lectures provided by the surgeons and CRNAs|
|Moon over FOB Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan|
|Time-lapse photo of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) at FOB Shank|
(The red streak is SFC Beisiadecki walking along the vehicle with his tactical red light on his forehead)
|FOB Shank Internet Cafe (MWR) with Gym off to the left|
|FOB Shank USO with 2 phones to call home and a computer for the Internet.|
|FOB Shank East DFAC (LTC Hoeppner in middle - he has already lost about 30 pounds on this deployment)|
|L to R: LTC Hoeppner, LTC Aldridge, SSG Penn - Having one of the many enlightening discussions at the DFAC|
|L to R: SSG Neumann, SGT Ford, MAJ Aitchison with nearly arrived boxes from Mary and Ellen at Granite State Surgical as well as boxes from Diane Smith (Smith Office Services) - Photo By: LTC Aldridge - 909th FST|
LTC Sam Aldridge in his "hooch" writing letters back to Laconia, NH
- FOB Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan
|Sunset on FOB Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan|
The best way to help is by finding an organized charity that does this job well. Our primary mission here is picking up and although it gives us great satisfaction to participate in charity work, we simply don't do it as well as can be done by others. One such charity is Soldier's Angels in Germany. Michael Yon has recommended this charity to me.
Thank you all, from Sam and the rest of the 909th FST!