Guard schedules update on ‘Witch Doctors’ mission

MONTROSE —  Colorado National Guard officials will provide an operational update today to Montrose city and county officials about the deployment of the 928th Area Support Medical Company, which has been stationed in Afghanistan since early January.

The 85 members of the National Guard medical unit, known as the “Witch Doctors,” are providing multilevel care in five separate operations in the Afghan theater, some 7,000 miles away from the Western Slope.

The unit consists of a variety of doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants, medics and emergency medical technicians who serve as backup to company-level medics treating combat-related injuries. The unit also has cooks, mechanics and radio operators who support the unit’s logistics.

Donations and information about helping a family during this deployment can be made through the Grand Junction National Guard Family Program office at 482 28 Road in Grand Junction or by calling 250-5542. Donations from the Montrose and surrounding areas can be made through the same office.

The unit officially is based in Denver and Montrose, with members coming from nearly every community on the Western Slope, including Rifle, Grand Junction, Montrose, Delta, Hotchkiss and Austin.

The update is scheduled to take place at the National Guard Armory in Montrose between 11 a.m. and noon.The briefing will be videotaped and replayed on Montrose cable channel 10 following the briefing.


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