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Cpl. Marystar V. Johnson, a 25-year-old traffic management specialist, from Las Vegas, with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, conducts a security search inside the female search area, June 24.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Cindy G. Alejandrez

CME brings medicine to locals

25 Jun 2008 | Lance Cpl. Cindy G. Alejandrez

With the combined efforts of Marines, soldiers, airmen and American civilian doctors, two cooperative medical engagements provided medical care to more than 870 locals here, June 24 and 25.

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, facilitated the CME and Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, provided security and searched locals seeking medical aid.

Air Force Capt. Siddig A. Mirghani, a 30-year-old from Torrence, Calif., a public health officer, 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, who was one of the doctors during the CME, said he saw many patients sick from malnutrition, aches and joint pains.

“For those who had major illnesses, they were referred to the National Iraqi Assistance Center,” Mirghani said.

“We were able to help most people here with only three doctors,” Dr. Suzan Karim, 47, from Detroit, who attended to women and children.

During the CME, Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force’s Iraqi Women’s Engagement program brought along coloring books, crayons and interacted with the women while they waited to be seen by a doctor.

“It was fun interacting with the kids. They could be crying but then their faces would light up when we gave them candy,” said Cpl. Jasmine R. Sohns, a 26-year-old from Kaneohe, Hawaii and a motor transport operator, Motor Transport Company, CLB-1.

Before heading out, patients were provided free medicine and their children received a bag of school supplies.

For Mirghani, it’s important to make all parties focus on their jobs and work with patients to provide a secure environment.

“It went well. We saw a lot of patients and were able to give them (medicine),” Mirghani said. “It was a pleasure working with the Marines. They always provide the best security and the supplies were plentiful.”


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