Friday, June 17, 2011

Lucky Charms and Bullet Holes: Medevac Missions in Afghanistan

A US Navy critical care nurse cares for a soldier with stab wounds on a Medevac helicopter north of Forward Operating Base Edi in Afghanistan.
Photo by Kevin Frayer/Associated Press

An injured Marine receiving care
U.S. Army flight medic SGT Jaime Adame, top, cares for seriously wounded Marine CPL. Andrew Smith following an insurgent attack.
Photo by Kevin Frayer/AP

U.S Army medic SSgt. Bob Winchester of Alaska, from Task Force Lift “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment.
 AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

Red Cross Target on a Blackhawk Medevac Helicopter
A United States Marine who was wounded in an explosion from an IED is carried to a U.S. Army medevac Blackhawk helicopter from Task Force Lift “Dust Off” Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, as he is evacuated from an area north of Sangin District, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

The "Dustoff" helicopters are distinguished with the emblem of the Red Cross and under international law are supposed to be off-limits to enemy fire.

Afghanistan's insurgents make no distinction.

Read more about "Dust Off" Medevac missions HERE & HERE.

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