You may remember me mentioning that our team was attacked by an improvised explosive device back in September. (Read the story I wrote about the incident.)
Senior Airman Ashley Jackson (pictured above) was serving as a medic on the convoy, and was unlucky enough to be in the vehicle that was hit. She received the Purple Heart; U.S. Army General Lonnie Culver presented it to her in a ceremony Saturday. I, along with other members of our team, was there to witness the presentation. (Of course, I had to do double duty and photograph the event, but I didn’t mind at all.)
Although she survived the blast with her limbs in tact, she was faced with the challenge of providing combat first aid to other members of our team who didn’t fare so well.
Can you imagine it? … Surviving a bomb blast, and then still managing to help out others?