Medics add inter-theater evac mission

Capt. Jenny Lovett
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Evacuating patients due to an accident, illness or contingency
situation in the European Command area of responsibility has been the
focus of the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron; however, in July the
unit broadened its focus with a new mission – inter-theater channel AE
missions back to the United States.

This mission was accomplished on C-9 Nightingales and the C-141
Starlifters. But when those aircraft departed for the boneyard and
command negotiations completed, the unit began transporting wounded on
the C-17 Globemaster III, the primary vehicle used for transport
patient movements from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to Andrews Air
Force Base, Md.

“After eight months of negotiations between (U.S. Air Forces in Europe)
and (Air Mobility Command), we became the primary force provider for
the Ramstein-to-(Continental United States) inter-theater channel
missions in addition to our intra-theater evacuation mission,” Col.
Linda Ebling, 86th AES commander said.  

86th AES annual award winners (2004-2005):
Brig. Gen. Sarah P. Wells Award – Senior Master Sgt. Edwin Maldonado
Outstanding Aeromedical Evacuation Mission Support Staff of the Year Awards:
Company Grade Officer – Capt. Adrian Stull
Senior NCO – Senior Master Sgt. James H. McCormick
NCO – Staff Sgt. Kristin M. Nelson
Airman – Senior Airman Melissa Morales
Reba Zitella Whittle Award (AMC) – Capt. Julie Skinner
Iverson Award (Healthcare administration) – Staff Sgt. Angela Zabel
Dolly Vinsant Award (flight nurse of year) – Capt. Kerry Castillo
86th Airlift Wing Volunteer of the Year – Capt. Stacey Coleman

AES team accomplishments:
“Outstanding” rating – 2005 USAFE Unit Compliance Inspection
2005 AMC AE Rodeo winners – “World’s Best Aeromedical Evacuaiton Team”


This mission was added to their EUCOM tasking to evacuate emergency patients anywhere needed.

“The 791st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron brings the
patients from downrange to here,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Hill, 86th AES
director of operations. “Then we transport them back to the states on
three weekly scheduled flights. This is in addition to our alert
mission of transporting wounded anywhere in the AOR back to Ramstein
for treatment at Landstuhl.”

Annually, the aeromedical evacuation crews move approximately 18,000
patients to include U.S. and allied wounded from downrange and any
other patients that need emergency evacuation.

The unit flew its first C-17 aeromedical evacuation mission in October
from Ramstein to Andrews where they transported Operation Iraqi Freedom

“It’s clear that (our crews’) focus rests with the critical support they provide in
taking care of our wounded soldiers,” said Colonel Ebling.