NMCB-11 Corpsman Teaches Preventive Medicine to Afghans

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Daniel E Magee

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Daniel E Magee, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, taught a basic preventive medicine course to Afghan National Army personnel in late March.

Magee, a native of Jacksonville, Ark., was hand selected by the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest (JSAS) to be one of three instructors of the course, the first of its kind taught to local nationals.  The other instructors were Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Drew M. Lidster of Rockford, Ill., and Environmental Health Officer, Navy Lt. j.g. Jacob T. Edwards, course lead instructor, originally from Monett, Mo..

Through classroom instruction and practical application the students learned about water control and chlorination techniques, food quality and sanitation inspections, and personal hygiene practices.  Students observed as instructors conducted inspections in a dining facility then put to practice what they learned by conducting inspections while the instructors monitored. 

“You could really tell that all the education we gave them paid off,” stated Magee.  “They not only took the helm on the project they exceed our expectations and gave us their recommendations on how they would fix the issues.”

Magee has served 13 years of active duty service in the Navy.  He has been stationed in North Carolina at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, in San Diego, Cal. at Naval School of Health Sciences, in 29-Palms, Cal. with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, and in Pascagoula, Miss. with Navy boat teams.  Magee is currently assigned to NMCB-11 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Homeported in Gulfport, Miss., NMCB-11 is deployed to Afghanistan to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations, Afghan National Army partnering and detachment of units in combined/joint operations area – Afghanistan in order to enable the neutralization of the insurgency and support improved governance and stability operations.

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