by SSgt Sheila deVera

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Billy Atherton, 455th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, assists an Afghan child to the Egyptian Field Hospital at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 5, 2011. The outpatient clinic assists Afghans at the Egyptian and Korean hospital when they do not have the equipment to see them or are referred to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sheila deVera/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I wanted to show the uniqueness of this scene and convey a message that we are in Afghanistan to help the people. In this instance, Staff Sgt. Billy Atherton did not hesitate to carry this child to the Egyptian Field Hospital instead of opting for the wheelchair.