by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/12/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Approximately
25 personnel came together here on a real world aeromedical evacuation
mission Aug. 9 to save the lives of service members injured after recent
attacks in Kabul.
The medical professionals were a collection of KMC Fire Emergency
Services, Aeromedical Evacuation and Critical Care Air Transport Team
personnel who assisted with medical treatment during the seven-hour trip
from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
The 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team was responsible for
providing manpower for patient transport and support for the 455th
Expeditionary Aeromedical Squadron's CCATT and AE crews.
"We truly love our job here," said Maj. Catherine Ortega, 10th AEOT
officer in charge. "Whether [there are] 40 patients or one, an infant or
a wounded warrior, American or allied force, we work our hardest to
deliver unsurpassed mission and crew support."
The patients were transported to Ramstein on a C-17 Globemaster III and for one of the pilots, this was his first AE mission.
"This is one of the most humbling experiences I have had in my career,"
said U.S. Air Force Capt. Mychol Alexander, 816th Expeditionary Airlift
Squadron aircraft commander. "To be able to bring someone out of the
combat zone and work with the AE crew to try and save a life is without a
doubt one of the noblest things I have done."
Because time is of the essence for medical emergencies, Alexander said his crew was instrumental to the mission success.
"My [team's] responsibility was to ensure the aircraft was in the
correct state to bring the service members safely to Ramstein and work
with the AE doctors and nurses to ensure they had everything they needed
to do their job in keeping the patients alive and well," Alexander
Airmen from several career fields utilized their training while working
together to save the lives of the injured service members. The patients
were transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to receive further