Iraqi Air Force Performs First Medevac Mission

first_img“We’re used to working on Air Force or Army helicopters,” Sergeant Stroude said. “Their [the Iraqis’] set-up is a little bit different and getting the patients on and off the aircraft is a little bit different. We’re getting tips from them as well as sharing information we have from the hospital as far as on-loading and off-loading patients.” Before flying the medevac mission, the crew, flying an Iraqi air force Huey II helicopter, trained with Airmen from the AFTH’s Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility and Soldiers from the 86th CSH on how to on and off load patients. May 14 marked another significant event when the Iraqi air force flew its first medical evacuation mission. The patient who was moved during the medevac mission was Ali Hamad, a 27-year-old married farmer from Baghdad, who had suffered severe injuries to his face and eyes from an improvised explosive device detonation and had undergone several surgeries at the AFTH. Additionally the Iraqis will be able to transport patients quickly to facilities that are closer to where they were injured, Sergeant Stroude said. Mr. Hamad said, via a translator, this was his fourth visit to the AFTH for treatment and he would require at least one more surgery. His latest surgery was to insert a fat pad, grafted from his side, in his eye socket to lift the eyeball up as the first step for prepare for the emplacement of a prosthetic eye. “This is the first [medevac] mission in the history of the Iraqi air force,” said Lt. Amar, an Iraqi flight medic instructor. “I hope to succeed in this mission to serve my country. This is good training.” Currently, U.S. servicemembers transport all the Iraqi patients via U.S. aircraft arriving and departing from the hospital, said Staff Sgt. Jason Stroude, a 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron helicopter pad boss deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, but changes are ahead. “This is big for me,” Sergeant Reid said. “I’m not flying combat missions, so this is the next best thing — to have an impact on the medical health services of Iraq. It’s just one facet of them becoming self-sufficient as country.” BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom the people of Iraq have celebrated many firsts on their way to re-establishing and maintaining their government and military forces. The U.S. Airmen and Soldiers take pride in the accomplishments of their coalition brethren. [email protected]:// “We have two graduates now implemented in the medevac system and this is an exercise in the process of patient movement,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class James Reid, a flight medic by trade, assigned to Coalition Air Forces Transition Team-Air Force Training School as an instructor/coordinator. “They’ll move the patients from here to Ibn Sina [an Iraqi hospital in the Green Zone, primarily manned by rotating U.S. Army combat support hospital units] and in the future they’ll move patients from here to Medical City [Iraqi civilian hospitals] in Baghdad.” The patient loading training before the medevac mission also served as a lesson to help Airmen assigned to the CASF in helping their Iraqi counterparts be successful in their future missions. “The Air Force medics are mediators to move the patient for the ambulance crew,” Sergeant Reid said. “We want make sure they’re confident and oriented to move around the aircraft because it’s not like a Blackhawk [the aircraft flown by U.S. Army medics.]” “I think it’s fantastic,” Sergeant Stroude said. “The more they’re able to do on their own to take care of their own people and take them from wherever they are to the nearest hospital as fast as possible, it’s ultimately going to save the patient’s life.” As a member of the Awakening group, a group of Iraqi citizens who help the Iraqi army and police patrol the neighborhoods, Mr. Hamad is happy and proud to see the progress the Iraqi air force is making toward becoming self-sufficient in their medevac missions. “Eventually [the Iraqis will] be able to move their patients anywhere in the theater since there are more Iraqi hospitals than [U.S. military] hospitals,” Sergeant Stroude said. The mission to move Mr. Hamad back to Baghdad allowed the Iraqi medics and crew to practice their skills with patients. The crew consisted of an Iraqi pilot, flight medic and aerial gunner, each with a U.S. military counterpart. The crew transported their first patient, an Iraqi man, from the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base to the U.S. Army’s 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. “It’s natural to feel happy that my country is taking over the job now,” Mr. Hamad said. “I feel happy because they [Iraqis] will be able to understand me when I talk to them and I can talk to them directly without a translator. I am very happy to be the first to fly on an Iraqi [medevac] helicopter.’” Once Mr. Hamad returns home, he said he will be able to do light farming duties.last_img read more

7 Steps to Positive Thinking

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreI’m sure you have a bright idea hidden somewhere in the back of your mind that you know would be a success. But, for some reason, you’re just not doing it. Maybe your mindset is blocking your action. Remember that a correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable. Why not make 2008 the year you achieve your goal and bring that idea to life using these tips?An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting. Utilizing a bit of positive thinking can help you begin to realize your dreams even if you’re just sitting on your favorite couch. Thinking big is indeed the entrepreneurial way and that is what makes many small businesses prosperous.1. Commit to yourself, as well as those you love, to create powerfully a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. Your dream can always be there, but a dream will still be a dream without motion. You might be amazed as the transformation begins.2.  Take passionate action toward living your life by design. Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without it, passion is void. This is a perfect example of where dreams are made of where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.3. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect — regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work. You will be surprised to see there are other ways to get the task done in time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment to learn from and make the appropriate shift. Think of it as failing forward.4. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to use what you have at your disposal and make use of it in the most constructive way. Slipping into neediness will become less of a habit when you repeatedly shift toward gratitude and away from poverty consciousness.5. Use a Passion Formula: Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore in place of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda. The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem harder than scaling Mount Everest, allow yourself to realize that the task is just as important as giving out orders to your staff. You would rather be richly passionate!6. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible. You may find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! Life has so much to offer — don’t allow yourself to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate: life-giving.7. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny. No one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Create your life authentically.As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your work, which would lead to celebrate a discovery that is born within your hands. Watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.__________________________________________________C.S. Pothitt is the President of the Women’s Business Gallery, a website dedicated to helping women build their entrepreneurial and small businesses. She has more than 15 years in marketing communications, public relations, writing and editing, as well as more than eight years online experience. If you enjoyed this article, please visit for more.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Closing at the end of the month, Overland Park’s Roxy Bar planning series of farewell shows

first_imgA northern Overland Park bar and entertainment venue with roots dating back to the early 1970s will close at the end of the month.The Roxy Bar’s tenure at 7230 W. 75th Street will come to an end after a “Last Night at the Roxy” event featuring The Stolen Winnebagos March 31. Owner Jim Kilroy said he’s worked to bring in some of the venue’s favorite acts for its final weeks, including a performance by Charlie and the Stingrays Saturday, March 25.“[Charlie and the Stingrays] haven’t really played together in a couple of years, but when I told them about the closing, they were in for a last show,” Kilroy said. “That’s part of the last real big blowout. They’re one of the best draws.”(The Roxy’s full final month event lineup can be found here).News that the property was being turned over to a developer who wanted to put a microhospital on the site came as a shock to Kilroy when he heard it last year. Kilroy, who has spent decades as a booker in the Kansas City area, bought the club in March 2014 and said he planned on operating it for years.“I kind of bought it with the idea that I’d would be owning it for 10 or 15 years before I sold it to someone else,” he said. “You know, it could be kind of a struggle running the place, but I felt like it was a solid investment. That was one of the reasons I did it.”The bar saw its share of troubles during Kilroy’s time owning it. In September 2015, an aspiring rapper was shot and killed outside the venue.“We recovered from that,” Kilroy said. “But there’s no coming back from ‘they’re tearing the building down.’”Kilroy said he’s been searching for a place where he could relocate the club, but hasn’t found anything yet.“To be honest, I wasn’t always a big fan of the place when I booked events before I bought it — that’s kind of why I did it, for the challenge, to try to accomplish something and breathe new life into it,” Kilroy said. “I think we’d done a pretty good job starting to bring it back.”last_img read more

Player has 30% chance of signing for Man United, part of…

first_imgThese are the teams who have been strongly linked with Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, whose future has become a great source of speculation for many Italian newspapers.Looking at where many footballers could end up, Gazzetta dello Sport give us a lovely pie chart, making it clear he will be leaving the Sardinia-based side, but only in the summer.His destination could be one of three clubs, with Inter in the lead at 40%, followed by both Manchester United and Napoli on 30% each.Embed from Getty ImagesGazzetta explain that scouts from the Premier League side have brought back ‘excellent reports’ when watching the 21-year-old, and Barella’s name features on their ‘shortlist’ of players for the ‘new leaf’ being turned at Old Trafford.Chelsea, who were said to be very close to signing Barella in January at one point, are completely forgotten, suggesting they’ve moved on for now.To be fair, few clubs, even Premier League ones, were going to pay €50m midway through the Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo First it was Manchester United, followed by Liverpool. Then came Chelsea, and now we’re back to the Red Devils.last_img read more

What channel is Georgia vs. Florida on today? Time, schedule for Playoff-deciding SEC East game

first_imgIs there any question what the game of the week is in Week 10 of the 2019 college football season?That’d be the annual meeting in Jacksonville between Florida and Georgia, who enter Saturday’s matchup as the nation’s Nos. 6 and 8 teams, respectively. It’s not only one of just two ranked matchups today, but also the only matchup of top-10 teams. That just adds a little more excitement to Saturday’s game, which has more on the line than the usual rivalry bragging rights. Below is all the info you need to watch Florida vs. Georgia on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 10 college football schedule.What channel is Florida vs. Georgia on today?TV channel (national): CBSLive stream: CBS SportsThis will CBS’ headliner in Week 10; Both Florida and Georgia enter this game with a loss, the Gators dropping a 42-28 decision to LSU and Georgia getting stunned by South Carolina, 20-17.Florida vs. Georgia: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 2Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETFlorida vs. Georgia is one of two 3:30 p.m. games involving ranked teams, but the only one with both teams ranked. It is the first of only two ranked matchups on the day, the second being the “College GameDay” matchup of No. 15 SMU and No. 24 Memphis.Week 10 top-25 college football scheduleThursday, Oct. 31GameNo. 12 Baylor 17, West Virginia 14Georgia Southern 24, No. 20 Appalachian State 21Saturday, Nov. 2GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 14 Michigan at MarylandNoonABCN.C. State at Wake ForestNoonESPNVirginia Tech at No. 23 Notre Dame2:30 p.m.NBCNo. 6 Florida vs. No. 8 Georgia:3:30 p.m.CBSNo. 22 Kansas State at Kansas3:30 p.m.Fox Sports 1Wofford at No. 4 Clemson4 p.m.ACC NetworkNo. 9 Utah at Washington4 p.m.FOXOle Miss aat No. 11 Auburn7 p.m.ESPNNo. 17 Cincinnati at ECu7 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkNo. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis7:30 p.m.ABCNo. 7 Oregon at USC8 p.m.FOXNo. 21 Boise State at San Jose State10:30 p.m.CBSSN MORE: Full betting preview for Florida vs. GeorgiaThat said, both teams need this win to stay alive not only in the SEC East division race, but also the College Football Playoff race. To date, no team has lost more than one game and managed to make the final four teams.last_img read more