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Faculty member Ian Smith sends an update on his deployment

PA Program assistant professor Ian Smith, MMS, PA-C, is serving with the North Carolina Army National Guard. As part of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, the soldiers of 1st Battalion 252nd Armored Regiment are deployed to Kosovo as part of NATO lead security force, on an annual rotation. Smith recently sent us an update about his deployment, along with some pictures.

Ian Smith with fellow soldiers

Ian Smith, left, with fellow soldiers

“Kosovo is a beautiful country. Despite the significant conflict seen here, the population is resilient and grateful. As part of our role since the cease-fire established in the mid-1990s, American forces have been working with a multinational battle group, helping to ensure a safe and secure environment as well as freedom of movement for the people of Kosovo in the northern sector of the region. My responsibilities as the Battalion PA include medical care and support for the U.S. detachment of soldiers. This means I am part emergency medicine provider, part primary care clinician, part dietician, and part medical logistics officer. Coordination of emergency medical evacuation is a critical aspect of this role, calling in Army UH-60 helicopters and directing evacuation of patients to specific medical treatment facilities when needed for increased level of care. Army medicine takes some adjustment, but the transition has been as smooth as one can expect. Being a soldier is a tough job, but the men of 1/252 make it seem easy and rarely complain. Deploying with the best means you have to be on your toes and look for the smallest anomaly, as it might be the only sign something is wrong with one of the infantrymen. However, taking care of these warriors and keeping them in the fight is well worth the effort and one of the most rewarding tasks I’ve undertaken.”

Ian Smith examining a soldier

 Smith examining a soldier



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