Pharmacist drives Humvee in Afghanistan making deliveries

Belleville News-DemocratFebruary 9, 2010 

Count those pills and pass the ammunition.

Every day for six months, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Thompson, 40, wore a flak vest, Army fatigues and carried a weapon when he went to work at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. You could describe his job as combat pharmacist.

He recently returned to Belleville before heading to his new assignment as department head of the pharmacy at the hospital at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. He joined the Navy right after he was graduated from Belleville West High School in 1987 and is now one of 120 active duty pharmacists in the Navy.

Thompson was one of 15 medical professionals embedded with the NATO training mission with the U.S. Army. They were at a 400-bed Afghani hospital to teach modern medical techniques to the doctors, pharmacists, nurses and administrators there and help them rebuild that country's medical system.

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