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Reflecting on six months of war

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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Local links, April 7

Plenty of links this morning:

Madigan Army Medical Center
Thurston County home sales up [The News Tribune]

17th Fires Brigade
Responsible Drawdown, Speaking Logistically [DVIDS]

42nd Military Police Brigade
<a href="Military Police Partner With Iraqi Security Forces to Protect Iraq's Center [DVIDS]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Arrowhead Best Squad Competition [DVIDS]

Fairchild Air Force Base
Fairchild Senior Airman, Larose Native, Manages Communications Support for Southwest Asia Wing [DVIDS]
Combat Stress Team Strives to Connect With Servicemembers [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Yakima police to escort

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Madigan prepares for returning Strykers

Three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades are returning home from war this year, and Madigan Army Medical Center will temporarily expand its behavioral-health staff and implement new screening programs to deal with the mental-health issues of deployment.

Hospital staff will be paying particular attention to 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has lost 35 soldiers and seen frequent combat since it deployed to southern Afghanistan last July.

Piggybacking off post-deployment programs already in place, Madigan officials will collect additional behavioral-health information and screen them again shortly after they return home.

“It’s no surprise the Army is searching for the right answer for this: How do you take care of soldiers and families during this whole cycle?” said Col. Mark Thompson, the hospital’s deputy commander for clinical services.
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Madigan welcomes home its soldiers

U.S. Army photo

Madigan Army Medical Center held a welcome-home ceremony Wednesday for its soldiers who recently returned from overseas deployments.

The quarterly event was dubbed the Warrior Recognition Ceremony. Madigan sends its soldiers – doctors, nurses, technicians, logisticians and more – into combat as part of the U.S. Army Medical Department’s Professional Filler System.

They often deploy as individuals across Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and elsewhere. Others are sent to medical facilities at other posts to fill in for soldiers who have deployed elsewhere. The deployments last six months or longer.

Click below for a quick recap of soldiers honored Wednesday:
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More help for TBI, psychological health on way

The Army will soon activate a program at Madigan Army Medical Center that will develop, research and use technology solutions for psychological health and traumatic brain injuries for service members wounded in combat.

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology will be officially activated next month. It “seeks to identify, treat, and minimize or eliminate the short and long-term adverse effects of TBI and other mental health conditions associated with military service,” according to its Web site.

The center, which will employ eight active-duty soldiers and 67 civilians, will running by next month.

Its roots came from recommendations

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Local links, March 24

The 62nd Airlift Wing public affairs shop has an article about a staff sergeant serving in Chile as part of the U.S. military’s response to the Feb. 27 earthquake.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Suffering and Triumph in Iraq: a Sheikh’s Story [DVIDS]
Army and Navy Receive Medical Training [DVIDS]
Illuminating the Night to Increase Bases Safety [DVIDS]
Aruba Suq Micro-grant Surge Shows Unprecedented Progress [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Army hero Sgt. Anthony Paci laid to rest today [The Trentonian]
Progress in

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Farewell, Lewi

Photo by Lorin Smith/Madigan Army Medical Center

I mentioned to a coworker last week that one of the swans that has made its home at Madigan Army Medical Center had died. She was shocked.

“Everyone knows those swans,” said the reporter who I honestly didn’t think had ever been near Madigan. “You should write something.”

So, 2½ months later, I’m writing to tell all of FOB Tacoma’s readers that Lewi the swan has died. The 17-year resident of the Army hospital died unexpectedly on Jan. 9. And the Madigan folks gave the swan quite a sendoff: The current and a former commander held a ceremony for the bird last month.

(A new bird, the aptly name Lewi II, is already making a home in the hospital’s lakes.)

The awesomely headlined (“Swan Wake”) story in this month’s Mountaineer newspaper provides a bit of background on Lewi and his pal, Madi:
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Rally around the Madigan road rage doc

Fellow doctors, soldiers, family members and sales reps rallies around Dr. Dennis Geyer, the Madigan Army Medical Center neurosurgeon convicted of third-degree assault for his role in a 2009 road rage incident.

The appeals didn’t work. Geyer was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

But, if you’re interested, here (part 1 and part 2) are the letters his friends submitted asking Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle to go easy on the doc.