CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Of all the support personnel who work to ensure the success of each convoy security patrol, the ones that are "on top of their game" at all times, but hope they are never needed are the medics.

Alpha Company, 949th Brigade Support Battalion, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade has four medics assigned: Sgt. Christina Bauer, of Frisco, Texas, Spc. Ian Shelley, of Fort Worth, Texas, Spc. Jorlynn Santos, of San Antonio, and Spc. Ashleigh Jones, of Dallas. These four Soldiers work tirelessly to ensure the health of all members of the company.

When the company reached Camp Taji, they quickly learned what they needed to know from their counterparts who were returning stateside. "It's really (not) hard," Jones said. "The hardest thing is being mentally prepared for anything."

The medics of Co. A, 949th Bde. Support Bn., are mentally prepared for anything. When a directive was issued to have a medic riding with the convoys, these Soldiers accepted the challenge of providing medical coverage for five different convoy security elements. According to Jones, "It's very, very tiring as I learned last week," referring to her performing back-to-back missions. "I roll out with one convoy on its mission and, as soon as it's over, I'm rolling out with another one. It makes for a very long two or three weeks."

Being a medic can get hectic at times but the medics of Co. A, 949th BSB will always work with a smile. Combat medics are greatly appreciated for all their hard work and true dedication.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT SGT LEONARD SPARKS, 10th SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE PAO AT: LEONARD.SPARKS@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL OR DSN 318-834-3431.

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