U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Karley Karlson, Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team medic and Female Engagement Team member, pulls security at a FET event in Qalat City, Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan With The Medics -- Rapid City Journal
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho. A deafening explosion ripped through the air at a remote forward operating base in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Shuddering and shaken by the blast, one medic recalled being in a monotonous state of performing routine medical care when the thunder of chaos stunned her that April 6, 2013 morning at FOB Smart.
Life seemingly changed when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated, killing three American soldiers, a U.S. diplomat and Afghan civilians outside the FOB entry point.
Nearly three months later, still with a shaking voice, Senior Airman Karley Karlson, a 366th Surgical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Services technician, deployed as a Female Engagement Team member at the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, recalled the terror.
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My Comment: These soldiers are today's "America's greatest generation".