Army Surgeon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 70-year-old Satellite Beach Army surgeon is out of retirement -- and serving in Afghanistan.

Doctor John Caulfield left the Army in 1980 and thought messages left with him asking him to return to active duty were a joke.

But with the need to relieve doctors in combat zones, he voluntarily accepted a return to active duty. He says he's happy to serve his country.

Caulfield, a colonel, is attending to U.S. troops, Afghan soldiers and civilians at the Army's 325th Field Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Defense Department officials say Caulfield is one of about 100 over the age of 60 serving.

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