The Afghan National Army (ANA) faces challenges caring for its troops as U.S. and coalition forces draw down. ANA 1st Lt. Abdullah Nasir, a trained physician assistant, is working hard to make sure troops can still get the care they need.
The U.S. Army’s website features a story on Nasir, who is the senior medical care provider for the 3rd Kandak, 2nd Brigade of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps. He took over an aid station with no primary care providers and mostly junior medics, and has boosted the station’s capabilities “through hard work, dedication, and a desire to teach.”
In related news, Lt. Col. Johnny Vandiver, the 7th Infantry Division’s senior physician assistant and chief of clinical operations who established the Afghan Army Physician Assistant School, was recently awarded the Legion of Merit on July 26 in honor of his many accomplishments in his 30 years of service.