Stateside: Dustin Degman works as an anesthetist at Asheville Anesthesia Associaties, and also serves in the Army Reserve. Recently, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Photo by Caitlin Byrd

Care behind the battlefiel­d

Each night before he went to sleep in his cot in Afghanistan, Asheville resident Dustin Degman set out three sets of clothing: one for surgery, another for a normal day on the base and a third for incoming mortar fire.
Degman, who works as a certified nurse anesthetist at Asheville Anesthesia Associates, returned from his tour of duty on Feb. 14. He sat down with Xpress to talk about those differences and share his experiences about what it was like providing care abroad during a time of war.