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Selfish Prayer: How California National Guard DUSTOFF Changed the Face of Medevac amid Chaos, Carnage and Politics of War Paperback – August 24, 2013
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Emmett Spraktes served for 10 years in the US Navy Reserve with Special Boat Teams (SBT). He held the rate of Gunners Mate Guns 2nd Class , completed the US Navy elite Special Warfare Combatant-Craft (SWCC) course and was assigned to SBU 11, Mare Island Ca. In 2002 he deployed with SBT 22 to Central/South America participating in Foreign Internal Defense/Maritime Interdiction Operations/Protective Services Detail Missions. He enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 2004. In 2007 deployed as a ground medic with the 1-143 Field Artillery to Balad, Iraq. Staff Sergeant (SSG) Spraktes returned home and 5 months later, was deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan as a Flight Medic with C Company, 1-168th GSAB. During his 10 month tour in Afghanistan he treated 184 patients, flew 250 combat flight hours, and participated in 12 individual hoists. SSG Spraktes is the recipient numerous awards including the Air Medal with “V” for valor, Army Commendation Medal with “V”, Combat Medic Badge and Silver Star for gallantry in action. He also received an Army Aviation Association of America Award for “Medic of the Year – 2009” and “Rescue of the Year – 2009. “ Spraktes honorably retired in 2011, after 25 years of law enforcement, which included the California Department of Corrections, California State Police, Vacaville Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). His past assignments included 10 years as a SWAT operator/Medic, Governors Protection Detail/Dignitary Protection, Flight Officer/ Paramedic, Drug Recognition Expert, Bicycle Patrol, Public Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, Emergency Medical Services Instructor at the CHP Academy, and numerous other assignments. Spraktes is currently a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NREMT-P) and California State licensed paramedic and is an associate academy instructor for the California Highway Patrol Emergency Medical Services unit. He also is a firearms instructor for a California based company “Team 3 Tactical”. Spraktes is a private consultant for California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) evaluating certified courses and instruction. Spraktes does presentations for charity and community organizations; he has also presented to such groups as the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Graduates and California POST on topics regarding the challenges reintegration of Law Enforcement personnel back from Military deployment.
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I recommend this riveting account of the war in Afghanistan. This is a book that will be hard to put down regardless to one's personal thoughts and opinions of war.
Thank you Emmett for your service to our country and for being there for our wounded warriors.
Truly a study in guts and tenacity. Many a soldier and sailor owe their lives and wellbeing to the author and his peers. Don't get hung up in the little bit of technical medical and military jargon if you're not familiar with it. Just push past it. Get it. Read it. Well worth the price and effort!