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Through the lens: “Profiles in Bravery”

By 1st Lt. Holli Nelson
386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Victoria Dyson poses for a studio photo in uniform
Deployed photograph of Staff Sgt. Victoria Dyson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock/Released)

Every day, our Airmen at The Rock put on their respective uniform that signifies their service in the United States military. Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines are all represented among this small deployed location, but they each are special and Staff Sgt. Victoria Dyson is bringing their stories to life through her photography while here.

Dyson, the 386th medical control center NCO-in-charge, created a project called “Profiles in Bravery” depicting deployed troops stationed here at The Rock. Continue reading Through the lens: “Profiles in Bravery”

Holding the line

By Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond
438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and forward operating base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.

The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force base next to it, took over a multi-story building under construction just north of the target. Armed with multiple rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons, suicide vests and a vehicle rigged to explode, the attackers crept up to the rooftop and prepared to unleash hell.

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After the Battle: The return home

By Senior Airman Chris Willis
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a six-part series about medical response capabilities for deployed service members from start to finish and the various milestones for care and transportation of combat-wounded troops throughout Afghanistan.

I have spent more than a year telling the story of our nation’s wounded warriors as I followed their transport from the mountains of Afghanistan to their medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Unfortunately, concluding this series will never end what our troops have to endure in the face of war, but this last entry will give me a chance to finish a chapter in my life.

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Airmen get first look at ‘Inside Combat Rescue’ series

By Senior Airman Charles V. Rivezzo
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Inside Combat Rescue photo
Airmen and family members attended the premiere of “Inside Combat Rescue” at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Feb. 7, 2013. “Inside Combat Rescue” is a six-part documentary series about pararescuemen assigned to Moody who were deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Paul Francis/Released)

Nearly 10,000 miles away from Afghanistan, the war’s realities are sometimes hard to imagine. Businesses prosper and grocery stores remain stocked. Other than maybe a spike at the pump, many carry on with life with little regard of the turmoil that takes place on the other side of the globe.

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Therapy on four legs

By Tech. Sgt. Peter Miller
440th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

121111-F-XW024-001Air Force Reserve Capt. Allyson Dossman played an integral role on a surgical team during a deployment to Afghanistan, but still had a lot on her plate when she returned home to Massachusetts in January 2013.

She married another Air Force Reserve officer and started making plans to move with him to Georgia. Before leaving for the South, Dossman had to complete a few more shifts at her civilian nursing job at Boston Medical Center, which maintains the busiest emergency room in New England. Her job was always challenging, but she thought she had seen the last of shrapnel wounds when she returned to America.

Then came the bombing attacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day on April 15, 2013. Patriots’ Day is the state holiday commemorating the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Dossman was on duty at the Boston Medical Center trauma center when they began to get inundated with injured runners and spectators. Though she cared for some of the less critical patients, she recalled that week being very difficult and a joyless time for hospital staff until an employee brought in a puppy that happened to be a therapy dog in training.

“This random boxer came out of nowhere,” said Dossman. “I was like, ‘What are you doing here, buddy?’ Everybody swarmed this poor dog. The hospital received presents, baskets, thank you cards, especially from local schools. But, for me, it was that dog that made things okay.”

Dossman’s research has shown that petting a dog has been linked to reduced blood pressure, lowered heart rate and an increased sense of well-being. When she was deployed, Dossman looked forward to visits from a military working dog handler who brought his German Shepherd to the hospital after rough days. She said the visits were therapeutic and became one of the highlights of her deployment.

About a month after the attack,  Dossman moved to Georgia and joined the 413th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., as a traditional Air Force reservist. She also found fulltime employment with an organization that offers psychological health services to reservists. The Psychological Health Advocacy Program is marketed through the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program, which promotes the well-being of reservists and their families by connecting them with resources before and after deployments at a series of training weekends around the country. The program began in 2008 following a congressional mandate for the Department of Defense to assist reservists and National Guard members in maintaining resiliency as they transition between their military and civilian roles.

PHOTO: Capt. Allyson Dossman poses with Basco, a military working dog, at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, during her deployment to the Miranda Trauma Center Forward Surgical Team in 2013. (Courtesy photo)