January 12, 2011

The Unknown Soldiers: 'This is the reason I joined'

The Unknown Soldiers: 'This is the reason I joined' -
On the evening of December 24, several members of an Afghan family were about to have dinner when an explosion shattered everything. A propane tank that helped heat the house blew up, killing two and injuring six others, including five children.

The only fortunate aspect of this awful tragedy for Ghulam Hazrat and his injured daughter, grandson, and other relatives was the U.S. military's capability and willingness to help. According to an article by Master Sgt. Michael Voss, Airmen at Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Field have been working "around the clock" for two weeks to save three burn patients it received from the explosion.

"This is the reason I joined," said Senior Airman Mabel Aguirre, a 455th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron medic who is pictured above. "I almost cried tears of joy when I got my tasking letter, I love waking up and coming here every day."

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