Capt. Jason Sapp’s worst moment in Afghanistan? The afternoon of Aug. 25, when he first learned a roadside bomb had detonated underneath a vehicle carrying soldiers returning from a humanitarian medical mission,.
The soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment were responding to a cholera outbreak in the Shah Wali Kot district of southern Afghanistan. The bomb exploded on their way back to battalion’s headquarters, killing four people.
“The deployment was tough at times,” said Sapp, a Madigan Army Medical Center doctor who deployed as the 1-17 Infantry’s battalion surgeon. “You see people you work with, people you take care of get killed or get injured. (The Aug. 25 attack) was the worst, though.”
As the battalion surgeon, Sapp oversaw all medical issues for the 1-17 Infantry – the hardest-hit battalion during the Afghanistan war. The unit, part of the larger 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, has lost 22 soldiers since it deployed in July.
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