AANA is proud to recognize:
Captain Steven Mund, CRNA, MS
Military Branch, Rank, and Unit Serving With:
U.S. Army Reserves, CAPT, 629th FST from Ohio, arriving in Iraq in September, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. I should be here until December or January.
Reports for Active Duty: September 2004
Hometown: Blaine, Minn., working at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Of Interest: "Hello to my entire fellow CRNAs in the USA and deployed with the military. This is my second tour in country, having been in Iraq in April to July 2003 with my parent unit the 945th FST. We supported the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment in western Iraq during my first deployment.
"I have been sent in to be a "90 day rotator" with the 629th FST near Bagubah. This time here is much different than the prior as over the course of the last year the physical facilities have improved greatly for the soldiers. I currently have an air-conditioned sleeping area; the hospital area is air-conditioned and some wonderful MWR (moral, welfare, and recreation) facilities. Most importantly, the DFAC (dining facility) is top notch. Last deployment with being in country early there was a lot of MREs to eat, and no AC for a long time. Those 120-degree days helped in my losing 30 pounds the last time. This time I will have to make sure I do not gain weight because of the great food.
"Just like before, the soldiers I am here with are the greatest. It makes me proud to be associated with such a fine group of young men and women. I am happy to do my small part being here for them if needed, but those people who carry the guns daily are the true heroes here. They do their mission day in and day out, risking their lives not only for the Iraqi people, but protecting all of us support personnel.
"My base is fairly safe, occasional mortar rounds land inside the wire, but no serious incidents. Fortunately we have few medical cases so far, so I fight the boredom, but that is good for our troops. The majority of the personnel we have assisted with have been members of the new Iraqi National Guard (ING). The few cases we had did not require surgery at our location; we merely stabilized and sent them on to the Combat Support Hospital (CSH) for follow-up care.
"So please pray for these fine young men and women, support them when they return, and sleep well at night knowing they are out here for you. I am proud to serve with them and proud to represent the profession of nurse anesthesia."
From 2003 Annual Supplement (p. 1):
At the 2003 Annual Meeting, Capt. Steven Mund, CRNA, MS, AN, USA (left), on behalf of himself and Capt. John Zweber, CRNA, MS, AN, USA, presented to AANA President Tom McKibban, CRNA, MS (right), an American flag that was flown in the operating room that they staffed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Capts. Mund and Zweber were sole anesthesia providers with the U.S. Army 945th Forward Surgical Team and were deployed in Iraq from April to July 2003.
Posted October 19, 2004