Apr 13, 2006

After a recent insurgent attack in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, Army Capt. Leyland C. Torres, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regimentâ??s adjutant, does his share to aid a fellow service member heâ??s never met, donating blood at Camp Taqaddumâ??s main surgical facility. Often, service members such as Torres, a 32-year-old native of Oak Forest, Ill., will show up within five minutes of the request going out, said Cmdr. Richard L. Schroff, the officer in charge of Taqaddum Surgical. Since taking over the facility March 3, Schroff, a 43-year-old native of Carrollton, Va., and his unit have used the emergency blood donation system seven times, including a stretch of four out of five days recently. Taqaddum Surgical handles the duties of both a shock trauma platoon and a forward resuscitative surgical suite, which are essentially makeshift emergency and operating rooms. When a service member is injured in battle, he receives specialized resuscitative treatment from the STP, with surgery provided by the FRSS. More extensive care is provided at one of the Combat Army Surgical Hospitals in Baghdad or Balad.

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