May 30, 2012 --
Oregon Medic Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate, injured by IED in Afghanistan
By George Fox University
Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate from Springfield, Ore., was one of three U.S. Army medics seriously injured May 8 in an IED explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Olson has been flown back to the United States for treatment of burns and other injuries. The blast near Forward Operating Base Pasab occurred when one of the other medics stepped on the explosive device after assisting an injured soldier from an earlier IED explosion. One medic is now a double amputee and the other suffered hip and laceration injuries.
Spc. Olson, assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, is to be flown today (Friday, May 25) to San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas, ironically where she received some of her training to be a medic. Olson received damage to her left eye, second-degree burns to about 25 percent of her face, and minor wounds from shrapnel that peppered her left side and arm. She was flown from Kandahar Airfield to Germany, then on May 14 to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Wash., her home base.
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