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General surgeons, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Boggs (left), of 345th Combat Support Hospital and Senegalese Defense Force Maj. Diop Balla, of Hopital Militaire de Ouakam, perform surgery on a patient to fix a hernia in Dakar, Senegal, Jan. 25. Boggs and other members of the U.S. Army Reserve medical team partnered with the SDF to conduct a U.S. Army Africa Medical Readiness Training Exercise from Jan. 18-29. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Capt. Charles An)

     
 

MEDRETE brings U.S. military medical professionals to Senegal

By Capt. Charles An for U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

DAKAR, Senegal - U.S. Army Reserve medical professionals from around the world gathered in Dakar, Senegal, Jan. 18-29, partnering with Senegalese military medical professionals for Medical Readiness Training Exercise 16-1.

U.S. Army Africa conducts MEDRETE exercises in different partner nations throughout the year to increase medical capabilities and proficiencies. MEDRETE 16-1 is the first MEDRETE coordinated by USARAF this year and brought U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to Dakar to share and learn with their Senegalese counterparts.

“The most exciting thing for me to learn was traditional intubation with a laryngoscope on a patient that is under general anesthesia,” said Staff Sgt. Angela Langley, health care specialist for the 399th Combat Support Hospital based in Taunton, Mass.

“I was trained to use other intubation devices,” said Langley.

Langley and six other members from her unit were joined by Lt. Col. Charles Boggs, a general surgeon for the 345th Combat Support Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla., to form the medical team that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Senegal.

 

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