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Army awards Bronze Star to NC native

WILSON, N.C. — U.S. Army Maj. Kendral Knight received the Bronze Star Feb. 11 at Forward Operating Base Apache in Zabul, Afghanistan.

He is the son of Matyre L. Knight and the late Arthur R. Knight. He has completed his 9-month deployment and has returned to his current duty station at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Knight distinguished himself as medical adviser for the Security Force Assistance Team, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghanistan National Army from Sept. 12, 2013, to Feb. 8 during Operation Enduring Freedom, officials said.

Knight served as the chief medical adviser to 2/205th ANA Infantry Brigade and Garrison Support Unit clinic on FOB Eagle in Zabul Province. According to the presentation, Knight directly influenced the ANA's sustainment capabilities, a priority for the commanding general. He identified shortfalls in ANA medical treatment and developed a training plan focused on key medical lifesaving procedures.

This train-the-trainer course was quickly adopted, and 25 ANA Combat Life Saver instructors and senior non-commissioned officers attended the course, greatly increasing the medical efficacy of the brigade.

Knight provided treatment recommendations to ANA providers on more than 100 occasions, ranging from routine sick calls to severe trauma. He assisted the ANA in conducting more than 40 partnered and un-partnered medical evacuations.

Knight also created a program where an ANA provider trained on ANA soldiers at the FST under the supervision of ISAF surgeons. This hands-on training instilled confidence in the capabilities of four medical doctors and 12 medics. It also aided in transforming the FOB Eagle clinic into a functional Role II facility. Knight improved the standard for tracking and reporting the medical readiness of the ANA to include manning, equipping, training and re-supply, which provided situational awareness on the brigade's medical capabilities. The ANA and Regional Command South better understood the medical capabilities of the ANA and the necessary resources were properly allocated.

Knight's work set the standard across Combined Task Force Duke and was immediately adopted by the Division Afghan National Security Force Development and other SFATs. Knight was the subject matter expert for medical development in CTF Duke. He mastered an understanding of the ANSF training, maintenance and requisition systems. Knight played an integral role in beginning a partnership between the 2205th Brigade and the Ministry of Public Health. The partnership helped shape medical operations in and around Zabul Province by providing ambulatory services for sick and wounded civilians. It created an environment in which the local populace began to support the ANA and accept its presence in Zabul Province as a positive step toward a stable Afghanistan, officials said.

Knight is 36 years old and a Wilson native. He graduated from Hunt High School and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and medical degree from East Carolina University.
 

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