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Face of Defense: Hero Corpsman Reunites With Afghan Soldier
By Marine Corps Sgt. Bryan Peterson
Regional Command Southwest
CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan, June 20, 2013 – When Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stanley Maculewicz visits this camp in Afghanistan’s Helmand province to advise the Afghan army’s 215th Corps Mobile Strike Force Kandak medics, he usually is welcomed with hugs and handshakes from his counterparts.
Shortly after he arrived here June 11, the officer in charge of his advisor team told him an Afghan soldier was looking for him. Maculewicz stopped what he was doing. He took a few steps and stopped in his tracks when he saw the soldier.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said as he stared at Staff Sgt. Abdul Malik. The two didn’t say a word or shake hands. They just hugged for a while.
Two weeks before, Maculewicz performed life-saving steps on Malik and called in an air evacuation during Operation Aoqad Se Hasht — 38 Eagle — in Sangin. The operation was an Afghan-led response to a Taliban attack on Afghan uniformed and local police patrol bases.
During the first week of the operation, which saw some of the heaviest fighting, Malik and another Afghan medic were recovering a fallen soldier. Malik loaded the soldier into an ambulance and was about to open the driver’s door when a bullet punched through his back below his right kidney and exited from the right side of his abdomen.