MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Col. (Dr.) Paul Abson is a Seattle-ite who works at the Everett Clinic in Everett, Wash. However, he is putting his doctoral expertise to use in a completely different setting from the recognizable and safe environ of the clinic he works at.
Colonel Abson, 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, flight commander, a Reservist here is deployed to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan in support of the ongoing missions in Southwest Asia.
The colonel is the only Air Force Reservist assigned to the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. His role while deployed as a flight surgeon is to provide medical support to the squadron aircrew and maintenance personnel.
In addition to his role as a flight surgeon, the colonel also works at the Role 3 Army Hospital in Kandahar as an ear nose and throat consultant and participates in the surgical care of trauma patients.
He is an example of the total force concept, where a Reservist can seamlessly integrate with the active duty to support a mission.
The 772nd EAS is the expeditionary form of the 41st Combat Airlift Squadron; which is made entirely of active duty personnel from Little Rock AFB, Ark.