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S: HM3 FMF HEIDI A. DEAN, SANGIN AFGHANISTAN 2010-2011

BC: This book was produced for Devil Doc HEIDI A DEAN April 2011

FC: HM3 FMF HEIDI A. DEAN, FEMALE ENGAGEMENT TEAM 10-2, INDIA COMPANY, 3RD BATTALION 5TH MARINE REGIMENT, SANGIN, AFGHANISTAN, SEPTEMBER 2010 - APRIL 2011 | MY TIME IN SANGIN

1: Camp Pendleton Pre-Deployment Training. Summer 2010 | US Marine Female Engagement Team

2: Female Engagement Team Traing at Mohave Viper, California - Summer 2010

3: Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

4: Bravery doesn't mean you aren't scared. It means you go anyway.

6: Oct. 6, 2010 I am now finally at FOB Jackson in the Sangin District. I flew in last night from Camp Leatherneck in a 53 helo (helicopter) . The flight line Marines scared the crap out of me when I was waiting to fly here. They were telling me about how most of the helo's that fly into FOB Jackson take small arms fire all the time. Well, the flight WAS scary. We did take fire so the helo started doing "combat manuevers" while trying to land - basically moving real crazy. We unloaded super quick and the helo took off. The base is an old compound. The Command Operations (COC) is an old building with weird mirrors on the roof. My living quarters are hesco walls (sand-filled boxes) to protect from indirect fire and a metal roof. The showers are in trailers and are Co-Ed so it's really awkward. The Helmand River runs through our base and that's where we do our laundry. The Marines always swim in it. We haven't swam yet but we will. The current is super strong and if you don't grab the second

7: rope by the walking bridge, you will get sucked into the barb wire and pushed out under the cement to the village right next to us. There are alot of gunshots that are directed at our base, We are literally in the center of town and the tree line surrounds us. The Taliban lace the roads and the trees with IEDs. I got to go in all the outposts today and see into the village. Tomorrow we are convoying out to FOB Nolay and doing a med cap for 6 days with the Marine Special Forces. When we give stuff to the kids, its little stuff that we can carry in our pockets because we do foot patrols. The kids here are insane, mom, they mob us every time we give them candy, and then they steal stuff off our body armor. Nov. 1, 2010 For Halloween, I decorated the clinic here with only what we had so I made ghosts out of exam paper and hung them from the roof. Some of the Marines that I go on patrol with call me Momma Goose cause I ALWAYS make sure they are okay when we get back from patrol. Even if it's a little thing, I always help them. The male Marines have accepted us more after our ambush, I think they were expecting us to cry and freak out but we acted the same way we always do. The only hard part was doing sprint buddy-rushes back to the base with all our gear on, trying not to get shot. Climbing over the wall was funny to watch until it was us girls turn - they literally threw us over, lol.

8: FEMALES IN COMBAT

10: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sienna De Santis and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, both with Female Engagement Team, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, greet children during a patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, on Oct. 29, 2010. Marines conducted security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of the Afghan civilians. The battalion was one of the combat elements of Regimental Combat Team 2, whose mission was to conduct counterinsurgency operations with the International Security Assistance Force.

11: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi A. Dean, right, with Female Engagement Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, and an Afghan National Police officer interact with an Afghan boy at the wheat distribution site in the northern bazaar in Sangin, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2010.

12: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi A. Dean, right, with Female Engagement Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, gives candy to an Afghan child at the wheat distribution site in the northern bazaar in Sangin, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2010.

13: SANGIN DISTRICT, HELMAND PROVINCE

14: Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills | 02 08 2011 Sgt. Latorie Maddox with the 3 8 Marines stands post during a shura with residents of South Gavmishi, Helmand | Sienna

15: FET with the 3/5 in Sangin Valley

16: Sangin is a town in Helmand province of Afghanistan, with population of approximately 14,000 people. It is located in the valley of the Helmand River at 2913 feet altitude, 60 miles to the north-east of Lashkar Gah. Sangin is notorious as one of the central locations of the opium trade in the south of the country, and has also been known as a town that has traditionally supported the Taliban.

18: SANGIN, HELMAND PROVINCE

20: Oct 14, 2010 Yesterday the day started off good. I had a class at the Battalion Aid Station (BAS) about traumatic brain injuries taught by a Psychologist who invented M.A.C.E. which is a way for Corpsmen to screen patients for concussions in war settings. Around 2:30 pm we heard an explosion off in the distance. Word was passed to the BAS that a Mine Resistant Armour Protected Vehicle (MRAD) was hit by an IED. They told us to stand by for the casualties. It took along time for them to arrive so we continued studying for our FMF Pin (Fleet Marine Force). Around 5:00 pm, Senior Chief who flew here to Board Test all the corpsman on the FMF Boards, tested us and we all passed. It was alot easier to take the test here than it is in the states where it is 6 hours of questioning on Marine Corps history, weapons, and the infrastructure. So, I actually got my FMF PIN on the NAVY'S 235th Birthday. | So, I actually got my FMF PIN on the Navy's 235th Birthday. (October 13th, 1775)

21: Dear Momma, I just got back from a really cool mission with Spec Ops. I can't say too much but all the guys look like they are from the movie, '300' - beards and all.! Today I finally got to use a community phone since I’ve been here, but only for 15 minutes. – Ther's no PX on our FOB and the PX TRUCK comes like only every two months, so that sucks. No smokes. So I haven’t gotten to swim in the lake yet here but it looks fun. I have a tent”/hesco barrier room that has no windows and theres mice, tarantulas, and mongoose that like to live in it. They eat all my food. But its not that bad.

23: Oct. 10, 2010. Heidi, at the Battalion Aid Station, FOB Jackson, Sangin, aids a small Afghan girl who was shot in the eye by Taliban insurgents 3 weeks earlier.

24: Heidi and Dr. Hare at BAS at FOB Jackson.

26: SHURA

27: Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, hospital corpsman, left, and interpreter Khatira Fazli, both assigned to the Female Engagement Team of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, teach a health class to Afghan women during a health initiative. The battalion conducts counter insurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan. JANUARY 27, 2011

28: HEALTH INITIATIVES

29: January 2011 | Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi A. Dean, hospital corpsman, and Cpl. Sienna DeSantas, assigned to the Female Engagement Team supporting 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, give a medical class to local Afghan children and women during a health initiative in Sangin, Afghanistan. The initiative is being conducted to train local health care providers, treat sick and injured, and enhance Afghan National Security Force relations in the area. The battalion conducts counterinsurgency operations with the International Security Assistance Force and is assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2.

30: Heidi teaching children during a health initiative in Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2011. The health initiative was conducted to train local health care providers, treat the sick and injured, and enhance Afghan National Security Force relations with the local population.

31: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi Dean, with the female engagement team in support of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, interact with Afghan children during a medical assessment initiative at Forward Operating Base Inkerman in Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2010. Medical assessment initiatives were held to educate and give basic aid to Afghans.

32: January 22, 2011

33: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi A. Dean, center, with the female engagement team attached to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, assists a child during a health initiative in Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2011. The health initiative was conducted to train local health care providers, treat the sick and injured, and enhance Afghan National Security Force relations with the local population.

35: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi A. Dean, right, with the female engagement team attached to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, gives a medical class to residents during a health initiative in Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2011. The health initiative was conducted to train local health care providers, treat the sick and injured, and enhance Afghan National Security Force relations with the local population.

36: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Heidi Dean, assigned to the Female Engagement Team of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, treats an Afghan child during a health initiative in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2011.

37: Heidi, Sienna, Zardana, and Sgt. Tarrah Barnhill | Kay Yousufzai, Heidi, & Sienna | Heidi and the FET girls

38: The FET & THE 3/5 MARINES

40: The FET & the 3/5

42: Heidi with 3/5 India Company on foot patrol

43: I am Heidi. I am a United States Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Hospital Corpsman. I haven't been on a ship or submarine, but I fly in Helos, have driven a Humvee, do foot patrols in the dust and mud, and I wear Desert Combat Boots. I haven't worn blue since GITMO. I carry a 9mm and a M4. I say Ooh Rah not Aye Aye. I eat MREs in the dirt, not in the galley. I do compound checks and buddy rushes as well as tending to fallen Marines and Afghans. I know most of '"Anchors Away" but I could sing "The Halls of Montezuma" in my sleep. Though I'm Navy, I would crawl through hell to save a Marine and drag him or her back. I would gladly give my life for my Marines. I would rather I lose a limb than them. Some call me Sailor, my friends call me Doc Dean.

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