Redpoint paramedic Colin Koster brings years of experience bringing medical infrastructure and other aid to Middle East

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With U.S. Army Civil Affairs, building hospitals and EMS, and helping Syrian refugees

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The U.S. Army missions we often hear about on the news involve combat missions, special operations, and maybe a story about the Corps of Engineers. What we less often hear about are the service men and women out of uniform, in war-torn regions building schools, outfitting ambulances and delivering healthcare to populations who need it badly.

These are the sorts of missions that Redpoint Resolutions paramedic Colin Koster conducted in locations across the Middle East, as a trauma medical sergeant in the U.S. Army Civil Affairs.

Colin, far left, attends a ceremony with a local religious leader and mayor

One of his more vivid memories is refurbishing a run-down school, damaged during the civil war there. His team was tasked with structural repairs and bringing in staples such as furniture and books.

“They literally held classes in the basement, where the ceilings were four or five feet high,” Colin said. That’s easily remembered by a 6’1” sergeant carrying in desks and chairs.

Colin’s medical skills were in demand. After Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC, and Fort Benning, GA, for Airborne school, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany to enroll for 18 Delta Special Forces medical training. Later, he was assigned to the division of Special Operations Civil Affairs, bringing in aid—and, simultaneously, helping mitigate the influence of violent extremist organizations by distributing humanitarian assistance — throughout the region.

The missions varied from the educational, to the medical, to general humanitarian help:

  • Purchasing an ambulance and turning it into a modern Advanced Life Support service for a rural population.
  • Building a hospital in a region that was particularly over burdened by Syrian refugees, and staffing it with a local medical team.
  • Distributing about 40,000 school jackets nationwide.
  • Working with various charities and NGOs to attend to the medical and general needs of some 3 million recent Syrian refugees.
  • And, mostly, educating and assisting small communities with preventative measures such as clean water supplies, pest prevention, infectious disease control, and the like.

“The best type of medicine is preventative medicine,” Colin said.

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