In this episode of The Spear, MWI’s podcast on the combat experience, John Amble is joined by Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Kurek. In 2010, after two deployments to Iraq, he was sent to Afghanistan—the first time in that country not only for him, but for most of the Marines in his platoon, as well. Operating out of a small base in Helmand province’s Sangin district, one day in November his squad was designated as the QRF—quick reaction force—ready to respond in case any Marines needed support. When a patrol hit an IED, the call came in and he and a group of Marines responded. When they reached the patrol, they needed to plan and conduct an evacuation of a casualty—all in the midst of an intense fight with enemy forces.

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Note: This episode was originally released in 2019.

Image credit: Cpl. Paul Peterson, US Marine Corps