Oruzgan, Afghanistan

A medic tends to Shabarat Sageed, center, who is suffering from chest pains.  He was flown to the U.S. military base in Tarin Kowt for treatment.  During a recent two-day span, the platoon received half-a-dozen "nine lines," the emergency radio calls that list nine critical nuggets of information — location, severity of injury, type of patient, and so on.
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( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )

A medic tends to Shabarat Sageed, center, who is suffering from chest pains. He was flown to the U.S. military base in Tarin Kowt for treatment. During a recent two-day span, the platoon received half-a-dozen "nine lines," the emergency radio calls that list nine critical nuggets of information — location, severity of injury, type of patient, and so on.

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