Field Surgical Team begins working under American command in Kabul

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The Czech 11th Field Surgical Team (FST) serving at the Kabul International Airport Base, in the NATO-led ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) operation, has now come under the command of the U.S. Field Military Hospital as of 1st July, 2014.

Czech surgeons and medics have been working at the French Military Hospital until the French relinquished command at the end of June, and they now continue to be a part of the newly established U.S. Field Military Hospital.

The Commander of the ISAF International Joint Command, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, who attended the changeover ceremony, said, praising the work of Czech surgeons and medical personnel, "The Czech team have served in this French hospital since 2011, and have contributed significantly to its medical activities."

"We have been cooperating with our American colleagues for the last two weeks, and from professional point of view, the changeover has not made much difference. Our work here will continue much the same way as before," said Lieutenant Colonel Martin Oberreiter, Commander of the Czech FST. This comment was confirmed by the smooth treatment and stabilisation of a seriously wounded woman the night before the official handover ceremony.

"One of our American colleagues expressed his respect of the Czech team, minutes after the surgery and transportation of the gun-shot wounded woman to the Intensive Care Unit, operated by U.S. personnel, with the words: ‘Trial by fire!’. Both participating teams were satisfied with the condition of the patient during the post-surgery period," added LTC Oberreiter.

The FST is part of the Czech ISAF Task Force, the Headquarters of which has been based in Kabul since 2009.

July 9, 2014