“Four Heros On Board”—and why I miss being DUSTOFF
I love my job, but give me half the chance (or less) I would head to Afghanistan. I would happily give up my CPT tracks to, once again, be part of a MEDEVAC unit as a flight medic. YES, UNCLE SUGAR, that means I would volunteer.
“As soon as the bombs were dropped, our Apaches came to the area,” Kinney said. “The first MEDEVAC aircraft landed on the base and picked up six patients. Our aircraft was called into the [observation post] right next to it. We were originally going to use the hoist, but the pilots determined that we had a big enough area to put the aircraft down on the side of a terrace.”
Every time we call into our dispatch on lift off it sound like:
“Flight com, we are lifting with THREE SOULS, 1900 on the fuel.”
I would give up a lot to be in a situation to hear my pilot say:
“DUSTOFF 30 has THREE HEROES on board, wondering if there is a fourth.”
Listen for it in the video “MEDEVAC Mission Afghanistan” as offered by in one of the comments on the above BlackFive post.
I’ve recently decided to stay in the Army for at least another 10 years. Now, I just need to find a job in my beloved Army where I will be the most useful.
Anyone have a slot for an flight nurse-paramedic/emergency room nurse practitioner? Unfortunately I don’t think that MOS is on anyone’s TO&E. (translation: that job description doesn’t exist in the Army)
Actually, I know there has got to be someone reading this from Blackfive that has connections . . . yes, this is an absolutely shameless plug.
My CV is here.