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Naval Head at Pendleton Will Help Build Hospitals in Afghanistan

The head of the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton will leave his post this week to transfer to a job helping to set up hospitals in Afghanistan.

Naval Head at Pendleton Will Help Build Hospitals in Afghanistan

The head of the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton will leave his post this week to transfer to a job helping to set up hospitals in Afghanistan.

Captain Steven Nichols says the U.S. Navy is part of an initiative to help the Afghan national army and police build better hospitals for their active duty forces.

Nichols : This is really a new mission going in, we're going to give them some of our ideas and tips and train them to a level that is comfortable for them, something they can sustain, rather than giving them a U.S model healthcare system.

Nichols says he will head a team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and x-ray technicians who will train and mentor Afghan health care workers. The U.S. teams will stay for a year, and move around the country to build a network of new hospitals, with a regional center in Kabul.