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RC(SW) Commanding General Attends Opening of Zaranj’s New Emergency Room

By Lance Cpl. Bryan J. Nygaard | | June 07, 2011

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Lance Cpl. Orlando Tovar, a squad automatic rifleman with Company Charlie, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Task Force Belleau Wood, patrols the streets of Zaranj during a visit from Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, June 4. Toolan met with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room.

Lance Cpl. Orlando Tovar, a squad automatic rifleman with Company Charlie, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Task Force Belleau Wood, patrols the streets of Zaranj during a visit from Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, June 4. Toolan met with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)


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Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, speaks with members of the Nimroz Health Department inside of Zaranj's new hospital emergency room, June 4. Toolan met with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room.

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, speaks with members of the Nimroz Health Department inside of Zaranj's new hospital emergency room, June 4. Toolan met with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)


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Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (center), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, tours the city of Zaranj with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, June 4. Toolan met with Brahawi to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room.

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (center), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, tours the city of Zaranj with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, June 4. Toolan met with Brahawi to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)


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Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, talks with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, in his guest home in the city of Zaranj, June 4. Toolan met with the provincial governor to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room.

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, talks with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, in his guest home in the city of Zaranj, June 4. Toolan met with the provincial governor to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)


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Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, shares a lighthearted moment with Maj. Gen. Nabi J. Mullakhel, the Deputy Chief of Police for RC(SW), before departing the city of Zaranj, June 4. Toolan met with the provincial governor of Nimroz, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room.

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, shares a lighthearted moment with Maj. Gen. Nabi J. Mullakhel, the Deputy Chief of Police for RC(SW), before departing the city of Zaranj, June 4. Toolan met with the provincial governor of Nimroz, Abdul Karim Brahawi, to participate in the opening ceremony of the city’s new hospital emergency room. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)


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ZARANJ, Afghanistan -- Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, visited the city of Zaranj to participate in the ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of Zaranj’s new hospital emergency room, June 4.

Before the ceremony, a shura was held at the provincial governor’s office. Many government officials were in attendance, including members of the Nimroz Department of Security and senior officials from Nimroz security forces. Toolan was accompanied by U.K. Col. Andrew C. McCord, deputy of Afghan national security forces Development for RC(SW), and Col. Michael A. Lawrence, the Nimroz provincial coordinator, to help promote relations between the provincial and national government.

Toolan, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., felt it was good to meet with the Nimroz provincial governor, Abdul Karim Brahawi, considering his office is around 150 miles away from Camp Leatherneck.

“Sometimes he feels like he’s out of sight, out of mind, so it’s important to have that kind of interaction,” Toolan said. “It’s the reason why we spent so many hours there just working with him and assuring him that we are going to be there for him.”

Once the meeting was over, Brahawi and Toolan walked through the streets of Zaranj to the new emergency room. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony was over, Toolan toured the facility and asked health department officials about its capabilities.

“You can see the doctors that were there were ecstatic about being able to have that triage center,” Toolan said. “The more we can do like that, the better. Of course the key is for the ministries of health to be able to work through the government to produce those kinds of facilities rather than us build it outright.”


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