Guard unit will not deploy to Afghanistan

The South Dakota Army National Guard's 730th Area Support Medical Company, of Vermillion, will not deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 730th's 48 assigned members received word this week from U.S. Central Command they would not be deploying in July to provide health care support to service members overseas.

The change in deployment status is a result of the gradual draw down of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The mission of the 730th is to provide echelon I or basic emergency medical services. The unit is equipped with ambulances to quickly evacuate and provide care to patients en-route to a medical treatment facility. The unit is also able to provide echelon II care – of an emergent inpatient-outpatient nature – and return service members back to duty or evacuate them on to definitive care.

The unit is composed of combat medics, medical doctors, physician assistants, nurses, lab technicians, radiologists, dental technicians, mental health technicians, and maintenance and support staff.

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