Now that it's been 3 years since I left Fort Benning on a huge transport plane bound for Iraq, I've had plenty of time to reflect on those who have had multiple tours both before and after mine as well as those who sacrificed their lives and limbs. The reflection always leaves me exhausted because I've had a chance to hear many more stories about things that went on in the FST's (Forward Surgical Teams) and the CSH's (Combat Surgical Hospitals). I did not participate as fully as I had hoped I would as an activated Reservist OBGYN doctor, but I was happy to be able to contribute even a little to the medical support of our troops down-range. Those who serve our Nation in uniform are my heroes, and I have to say that the combat medics inspire me the most. Theirs is a long and distinguished tradition of service and sacrifice to save the lives of their buddies in combat.