They are members of a United States Air Force Special Ops Surgical Team-Special Ops Critical Care Evacuation Team (SOST-SOCCET in military shorthand) with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida, led by Lt. Col. Jon Winkler, M.D., a trauma surgeon and the team commander.
But rather than being stationed at a stateside Air Force base where most military hospitals are primary care facilities, this team is helping create a new definition of readiness – they’re also full-fledged members of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Level I trauma center, where more than 3,000 patients are seen each year with injuries – from car wrecks, accidents or crime – that mimic what the team would see in battle.
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