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A record turnout

By Cpl. Chadwick deBree | | August 12, 2008

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SUBYHAT, Iraq – Marines and Sailors with Task Force 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, conducted a cooperative medical engagement in the Karma and Subyhat areas to assist the local population in receiving medical care August 11th and 12th.

 Approximately 1,000 Iraqi men, women and children were evaluated and treated throughout the CME by Navy medical personnel and Iraqi doctors. If needed, the sailors also provided them with medicine.

 “This has been a record number of people that (have shown up to a CME we’ve conducted),” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael A. S. Cannova, hospital corpsman, 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines. “This really shows the progress in this area. People trust us, and they come to us so we can help them with their needs.”

 Medical staff at the CME treated Iraqi citizens for illnesses ranging from cold and flu symptoms to more severe cases such as melanoma, diabetes and cancer.

 Marines and sailors also handed out shoes and toys to Iraqi children and they gave food bags and water the adults.

 “This is a great thing that the Coalition forces are doing,” said Mahmed Khalf, a citizen of Subyhat. “I am grateful that they took their time to come here and help the people in this area.”

 During their six-month deployment the battalion has conducted about three CME’s a month. It’s hard work the service members say, but the experience is well worth it.

 “After a CME, I feel tired but satisfied that I can help less fortunate people,” Cannova said. “It’s obviously worth doing because that’s our job, to help the unfortunate. I’ve noticed that each time we do a CME, the Iraqi people appreciate it more and more.”




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