Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. -- Maj. (Dr.) Kelly Blair, 250th Forward Surgical Team commander, left, performs a minor surgical procedure with the assistance of Spc. Jonascarlo Vito-Cruz, 250th FST, during a field training exercise Sept. 21 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Throughout the week-long exercise, Soldiers of the 250th and 102nd Forward Surgical Teams performed patient care in an austere setting. An FST is capable of rapid deployment and once in place can set up and start receiving patients in 30 minutes or less. Teams can be used in combat or humanitarian missions and are currently deployed in Afghanistan.

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