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Flight nurse Lt. Mae Olson takes the name of a wounded American soldier being placed aboard a C-47 for air evacuation from Guadalcanal in 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo) The evolution of aeromedical evacuation capabilities help deployed medicine take flight
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Evacuating a patients injured in combat and transporting them to higher levels of care requires a team of trained medics with the capability to keep patients stable in-flight. The Air Force’s Aeromedical Evacuation system has been a staple of transporting wartime casualties since World War II. In that time, AE capabilities have expanded and improved to safely transport more patients, fly longer distances, provide in-flight critical care, and enable AE teams to anticipate the needs of future conflicts and AE requirements.
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Wayne Klotz, an Army veteran, stands next to an Army OV-1 Mohawk observation and surveillance aircraft Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. One of the static displays at the open house, Mohawk Airshows’ plane, is the first flying POW/MIA monument, and is covered in names of service members who died during the Vietnam War and were never recovered from Southeast Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino) Flying monument reminds Team Dover to never forget
From a distance, there appeared to be a giant, gray, bug-eyed swamp dragonfly attacking the flightline during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House. Brave and inquisitive people who ventured a closer look discovered it wasn’t some herculean insect, but rather an Army OV-1 Mohawk observation and surveillance aircraft used during the Vietnam War through Operation Desert Storm. An even closer inspection would reveal the gray fuselage was covered end-to-end in hundreds of names – names that memorialize the 1,636 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
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Retired U.S. Air Force Capt. William Robinson, longest surviving enlisted prisoner of war, reflects on his Air Force career before an award ceremony here, March 17, 2017. Robinson was a POW for nearly eight years before being released. Now, Robinson speaks about his experience with community and military members across the country. POW, Airman inspires Charleston Airmen
Retired U.S. Air Force Capt. William Robinson, the longest surviving enlisted prisoner of war, visited here as the guest speaker at an awards ceremony for the 437th Maintenance Group, March 17."I heard him speak at the NCO Academy and was amazed," said Tech. Sgt. John Paull, 437th Aircraft Maintenance special operations flight expeditor. "I reach
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Capt. Peter Giroux, a B-52 pilot, top left, poses for a photo with his flight crew 1972 at March Air Force Base. The crew departed Utapao Airbase, Thailand, on December 22, 1972, for a mission supporting Operation Linebacker II. During the mission their aircraft was shot down and the crew was forced to eject over enemy territory. (U.S. Air Force photo) Former POW recounts Operation Linebacker II
In his cell, an American pilot peered through the barred windows where he saw the silhouette of a B-52 Stratofortress in flames. He could only watch as the same fate that lead him to his prison cell was handed over to his fellow Airmen. This American pilot is retired Col. Peter Giroux, a B-52 pilot and a captain at the time, who now resides in Kansas. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese December 22, 1972, while supporting Operation Linebacker II.
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