Mission for service
Travis Levin wasn’t supposed to be on the same flight as Felix Contreras to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. They hadn’t seen each other since they graduated in 2019 from UNCG, where they had gone through the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program together.
A massive evacuation mission reunited them on the other side of the globe.
Stationed late this summer in Qatar, they were using the training they learned in the School of Nursing to help treat large numbers of U.S. citizens, allies, and service members who were evacuated from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge.
“I guess the overall end result is that we’re doing something good for people that actually really need it at this time,” Felix said.
As an Air Force nurse, Felix was part of a large medical team that has examined Afghans who were flown to Al Udeid Air Base. He provided treatment for pregnant women and people with a wide range of medical issues.
“The overall end result is that we’re doing something good for people that actually really need it at this time.”Felix Contreras
Travis, meanwhile, was serving as a flight medic in Qatar. As flights came in and out of Kabul, he helped get Afghans and service members in need of medical attention airlifted to other locations.
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By Alex Abrams, UNCG School of Nursing