Military medical exchange, Nouakchott, Mauritania, January 2011


Three Soldiers from 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), based in Atlanta, Ga., conducted military medical exchanges with approximately 25 soldiers of the Mauritanian Medical Services in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Jan. 10-20.

Two weeklong sessions focused on medical evacuation techniques, and field sanitation and preventive medicine, said Lt. Col. Tim Doherty. The Mauritanian participants included physicians, nurses, planners and medics, he said.

“Theater security dooperation missions are one of the most important missions the U.S. Army accomplishes,” said Doherty. “Working with the Mauritanian Army sharing techniques related to Army aero-medical evacuation and combat life saver will certainly improve the overall medical care the Mauritanian Army provides their injured soldiers and civilians.”

This was the first medical engagement of its sort conducted in Mauritania by the U.S. Army Africa Command Surgeon’s Office, he said.

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