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5th Medical Operations major receives the Bronze Star

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Maj. Douglas Webb (far right), 5th  Medical Operations Squadron, stands at attention next to Col. Eldon Woodie, 5th Bomb Wing commander, before being presented the Bronze Star award during a ceremony at the 5th Medical Group building, Aug. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sharida Bishop)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Maj. Douglas Webb (far right), 5th Medical Operations Squadron, stands at attention next to Col. Eldon Woodie, 5th Bomb Wing commander, before being presented the Bronze Star award during a ceremony at the 5th Medical Group building, Aug. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sharida Bishop)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A major from the 5th Medical Operations Squadron was recently awarded the Bronze Star for actions conducted while serving at the Forward Operating Base Al Kasik, Iraq. 

Although Major Douglas Webb, is honored to receive the Bronze Star, he said he found the overall experience of his deployment humbling, but very rewarding. 

During his deployment, the major's accomplishments included opening a new $1 million dollar troop medical clinic three months ahead of schedule, and developing all Iraqi medical training for soldiers assigned to the 3rd Iraqi Infantry Division. He conducted 23 combat patrols within northern battle space as a medic, driver and truck commander. Engaging the enemy on two separate occasions, he led his HUMVEE crew of five through the kill zone without sustaining casualties. Major Webb provided emergency medical care to 42 high velocity projectile and 28 vehicular accident causalities without a single loss of life. He also assisted in conducting 17 Civil Affairs community action visits that provided school supplies, food, and medical supplies/care to 53 Iraqi villages. These operations where noted for reducing the insurgency activities by 50 percent as compared to regions within central and southern Iraq. 

Major Webb's supervisor is also very proud of his accomplishments. 

"Nomination for this award is a great accomplishment by itself, so to be singled out like this from other medical professionals in the area of responsibility is tremendous," said Lt. Col. Anne Heinly, 5th MDOS commander. "I'm proud to serve with him each and every day." 

Major Webb received his bronze star during a ceremony at the 5th Medical Group on Aug. 30.
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