From A to B: A Graf a Day

05.10.11

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Aeromedical Evacuation Team, Bagram, March 8, 2010. David Axe.

Aeromedical Evacuation Team, Bagram, March 8, 2010. David Axe.

by DAVID AXE

A paragraph or two a day from my forthcoming book FROM A TO B: HOW LOGISTICS FUELS AMERICAN POWER AND PROSPERITY:

In the evacuation role, the transport plane can accept stretchers and medical equipment including a cardiac monitor and defibrillator plus oxygen and bags of medicine. While the medics’ focus is on keeping their patients healthy and comfortable, they must also deal with all the risks associated with air travel — especially air travel in an ancient military transport.

[Maj. Chris] Day recalls one evacuation mission on a C-130 bound for Kandahar. “We were twenty minutes out over the wire when the [auxiliary generator] on the C-130 caught on fire.” As the smoking aircraft angled in for an emergency landing, Day’s team braced the patients. “We did the emergency landing, did an emergency egress — meaning we took all patients possible off aircraft.” The walking patients were the first off. Once they were at a safe distance, Day’s people raced back into the aircraft to retrieve the two litter patients. “There wasn’t any time to think,” Day adds. “My crew actually did everything right.”

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