Posted by: arbeam | March 19, 2013

Ten Years After – NHB Staff Remembers the War in Iraq

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — Ten years after, there are no Naval Hospital Bremerton personnel deployed to Iraq, but from the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 to the final days of Operation New Dawn in 2011, Naval Hospital Bremerton staff members continually deployed for medical support inside and out of Iraq.

From the Kuwait/Iraq border on up to the cities along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from Baghdad’s Green Zone to the western desert of Anbar Province, and many places in between, NHB doctors, nurses, hospital corpsmen, and support staff were there. They embedded with various units that included Marines 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Medical Battalion, Special Warfare Group Iraq, 20th Seabee Readiness Group, Civil Affairs, Warrior Transition Team, 1st Marine Expeditionary Forces, 3d Marine Air Wing, 1st Marine Logistic Group and 1st Force Service Support Group, and 28th Combat Support Hospital.

NHB sent nearly 300 staff members to augment Fleet Hospital Eight at Naval Base Rota Spain in early 2003 to gear up for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also deployed approximately 200 additional staff members to help run Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait that rendered support to the ground mission just north of the Kuwaiti border inside Iraq through 2011.

Navy News article

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