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Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team

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The Special Operations Surgical Team, including Lt. Col. (Dr.) Benjamin Mitchell, poses at a forward location. (Courtesy photo) Special Operations Surgical Team doctor to receive Jackson Foundation award
The direct impact of Lt. Col. (Dr.) Benjamin Mitchell can be measured in lives saved on the battlefield. However, the numbers associated with this emergency medicine physician assigned to a Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) are impressive.
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Default Air Force Logo Special Ops surgical team saves hundreds during deployment
If they stood on the roof of the abandoned one-story home they were working out of, at night they could see bombs dropping on the city three kilometers north. Limited resources, limited manpower, limited backup, and limited time didn’t stop this Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team from treating more than 750 patients in eight weeks during a recent deployment to the Middle East.
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