Iraq medical ward named after fallen Kiwi

A medical ward in Taji Military Camp has been named in honour of fallen New Zealand Defence Force medic Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker who was killed in Afghanistan three years ago.

The Jacinda Baker Ward is part of the medical centre in Taji Military Camp where Lance Corporal Baker’s friends and colleagues are currently deployed as part of the New Zealand-Australia Building Partner Capacity mission.

The New Zealand Defence Force contingent is working alongside the Australian Defence Force to train the Iraqi Security Forces, with a focus on tactics, techniques and procedures to use in the fight against Daesh.

Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Major General Tim Gall said the ward was a fitting tribute to Jacinda and the sacrifice she made in the service of her country.

Lance Corporal Baker, a 26-year-old medic from Christchurch, was killed alongside Corporal Luke Tamatea and Private Richard Harris when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Bamiyan province on 19 August 2012.

 

 

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