FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Army Maj. Jason Reed
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (1/12/12) – The Colorado National Guard, dignitaries, friends and families will soon celebrate the return of the 928th Area Medical Support Company to Montrose, Colo.
At 10:15 a.m. tomorrow, the Soldiers are scheduled to form a parade down Main Street, which will be followed by their redeployment ceremony at 11 a.m. at Friendship Hall at 1001 N. 2nd St.
More than 75 Colorado Army National Guardsmen are returning from Afghanistan, where they provided around-the-clock medical capabilities to U.S. and NATO coalition troops, Afghan nationals and contractors.
“I’m very excited to welcome the Soldiers home and see them reunited with their families, of which one Soldier is my oldest son,” said Brig. Gen. Dana M. Capozzella, commander of the Colorado Army National Guard. “They’ve accomplished so much during their deployment. Bottom line, their contribution ensured healthy forces for the war fight and helped save numerous lives. They’re coming home with their heads held high.”
From February to December 2011, the Soldiers were deployed to various regions of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where they planned, executed and manned four operational sites stretching across more than 200 miles from Bagram to Khowst. The unit provided sick call, dental, ancillary and medevac services.
Among their accomplishments:
The 928th command team devised a plan to expedite medical laboratory deliveries, reducing delivery from two weeks to less than three days. In addition, the Soldiers managed and logged a combined 130 out-of-the-wire missions.
The 928th Treatment Platoon responded to 145 in-flight emergencies, 1,360 ambulance calls, 1,320 dustoff patient movements, nearly 5,000 X-rays and CT scans, 600 emergency calls, more than 4,100 medevac missions and treated more than 9,000 patients.
928th ASMC Soldiers in Khowst completed 80 patient movements to Germany, 500 mental health evaluations, 900 dental procedures, 6,500 laboratory tests and saw 9,200 sick-call and trauma patients.
At the Camp Eggers and New Kabul Compound medical treatment facilities in Kabul, 928th ASMC Soldiers conducted sick-call operations and treated more than 15,000 personnel. They also provided combat lifesaver training to more than 700 U.S. and NATO personnel, foreign nationals and contractors.
In total, the Soldiers of the 928th AMSC treated more than 41,000 patients, performed more than 4,900 X-ray and CT scan exams, 4,200 medevac missions, 6,500 laboratory tests, 500 combat stress exams, and 900 dental procedures.
Note to editors: The parade and ceremony are free and open to the public. Media interested in attending one or both events should make contact with Maj. Jason Reed at 303-550-8785 in advance. Media parking is available in the fair grounds parking lot.
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