Thursday, May 25, 2006

On Medicine and terrorists/insurgents

This post was truly something to read. Besides the immediate, emotional impact - it led me to think about something I have not heard much, if anything about. The provision of medical care by The US and it's Coalition partners vs. that of the "insurgents" and AQ.

An overview of the Army's Medical Department can be found here. An overview of the Navy's Medical organization can be found here. An interesting inter-service organization of medical folks is this one. Way too much information for me to go into detail - please surf around when you go into each.

So what do our people do? They want to help. They treat our forces. They treat civilians hurt by enemy action. They help civilians every other way too. Every way.

We seem to save anyone hurt in combat. I mean ANYONE.

They are the BEST there ever was, were or are. I do meant the BEST. They save lives, period.

Oh, and I am not ignoring the Air Force either.

AQ offers its members in Pakistan "free medical". Saddam used to pitch in with some medical support. Saudi groups would pitch in for medical help afterwards too. AQ did have interest in pharmacies - but for other reasons.
I cannot find anything on insurgent medical assets - they do seem to threaten doctors however.

Oh, and one little personal memory that stands out - I have never seen US Marines so fiercely protective or respectful of anyone as they are of their "doc" - as they call their Navy Corpsmen that is assigned to them. From everything I saw and heard, those Corpsmen are cool under fire, and damned good at what they do.


Blogger Capt B said...

Good Stuff Gentlemen!! Semper!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

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1:18 PM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Another Mr. Roger's level of example: Who are the good guys? Now, who are the bad guys? I knew you could see it.

Or to put it another way: These are the bad guys. These are the bad guys recieving medical treatment by the good guys. Any questions?

Or to paraphrase Michael Douglas (who turned out not to be different from the other guy after all, but the quote still stands) in Falling Down: "We are not the same. I'm an American [Aussie, Kiwi, Brit…], you're a sick A**H***."

Black and white, up and down, right and wrong.

[sorry about the deleted comments, I had a problem with editing]

1:20 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

"sorry about the deleted comments, I had a problem with editing"

Wait a had trouble editing? Back off pal! Serial screw-ups, mistakes, mis-spelling and errors ARE ALL MINE!

All Your Problems Are Belong To Me!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Acad Ronin said...

The docs (medics) are crazy. I had to work with mine not to carry a field hospital on his back. He was terrified that something would happen and he wouldn't have the necessary equipment, medicine, IVs, whatever, to deal with it. All the medics I knew were as good as it gets.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

My ex-husband was a Medic / Army Nurse Corps Nurse - I met him while working at the VA Hospital in Prescott Arizona. He had more knowledge and skill than many of the Docs there. Despite my opinions of him as an ex-spouse, he was a damned good nurse and now a wonderful doctor. Hooah Medics!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Cowgirl said...

Hooah medics!

*Pats self on back* :D

10:06 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

*Pats cowgirl on the back while hugging her tightly.*

Thank you M.


12:18 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

I met only one Navy Corpsman who I hoped would get shot in Vietnam. He said that he wouldn't expose his butt to save the lives of Marines who were injured, but would cap them (Marines)himself.
I told him they would "frag" his ass in the field and I would help if we ever saw him do that to a Marine.
He was a stain on the rest of us Docs.
Never did know what happened to him.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a proud sister of an HM1 Navy Corpsman.He's been there for his Marines for almost 8 years already!For such a young age (he's 24 and waiting for Chief HM promotion), he has accomplished so much and loves his Marines more than anything else.Semper Fi!

11:21 AM  

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