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Iraqi army hospital receives donations, training

TAJI MILITARY COMPLEX, Iraq – The Iraqi Army Aviation Clinic Director displays gratitude for books donated by Vanderbilt University with help from the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade Surgeon Col. Terrence Smith and medical staff at Camp Taji, Iraq, March 24. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and donated the medical books with the help of other Vanderbilt staff in order to help the Iraqi medical team to continue their education as well as provide health services. (U.S. Army photos by Capt. Briana McFarland, 449th Combat Aviation Brigade)

Story by Capt. Briana McFarland 

449th Theater Aviation Brigade

TAJI MILITARY COMPLEX, Iraq –The 449th Combat Aviation Brigade Surgeon Col. Terrence Smith, along with the help of the Brigade medical section and Vanderbilt University, donates medical books to the Iraqi Army Hospital staff at Camp Taji, Iraq, March 24.

Smith is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and donated the medical books with the help of other Vanderbilt staff in order to help the Iraqi medical team to continue their education as well as provide health services.

“This will help us a lot”, said the Iraqi Army Aviation Clinic Director. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. This is a new level of humanity.”

The donation comes weeks before a scheduled 10-day Aeromedical Evacuation Training Course where U.S. Army National Guard Physician Assistant Capt. Jonathan Campbell will conduct a train-the-trainer medical course.

“We’re hoping this course will increase the base-line knowledge and capabilities of the Iraqi flight medics while they provide patient transport,” said Campbell. “Our main focus is to ensure they will be self-sustaining and can conduct future classes on their own.”

Camp Taji is one of five Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve building partner capacity locations dedicated to training partner forces and enhancing their effectiveness on the battlefield.

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