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36th AES conducts first Keesler mission

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load medical training dummies onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load medical training dummies onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Maj. Jesse Walsh, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, discusses the squadron's needs with a pilot of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Maj. Jesse Walsh, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, discusses the squadron's needs with a pilot of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron give the thumbs up to show their understanding of safety guidelines during a mission briefing Oct. 14. The mission was their first out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. in coordination with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron give the thumbs up to show their understanding of safety guidelines during a mission briefing Oct. 14. The mission was their first out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. in coordination with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo)

A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft takes off Oct. 14 for a training mission with the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft takes off Oct. 14 for a training mission with the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load a medical dummy onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 for a training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load a medical dummy onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 for a training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted its first training mission on a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted its first training mission on a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bolin and Senior Master Sgt. Tony Stout, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technicians, discuss their objectives in the back of a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 for a training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bolin and Senior Master Sgt. Tony Stout, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technicians, discuss their objectives in the back of a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Oct. 14 for a training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bolin, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician reads safety guidelines during a mission briefing Oct. 14. The mission was the squadron's first out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. in coordination with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bolin, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician reads safety guidelines during a mission briefing Oct. 14. The mission was the squadron's first out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. in coordination with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Master Sgt. Mike Malone, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician, configures the back of a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules for a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Master Sgt. Mike Malone, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician, configures the back of a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules for a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Master Sgt. Mike Malone, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician, configures the cargo area of a WC-130J Super Hercules for patient transport during a training mission Oct. 14 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)
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Master Sgt. Mike Malone, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician, configures the cargo area of a WC-130J Super Hercules for patient transport during a training mission Oct. 14 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load equipment onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)
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Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load equipment onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Imagine being strapped into the back of a C-130J Super Hercules on a litter, fighting to breathe while being whisked toward a hospital that can provide critical care. Not only are there pilots, navigators and loadmasters ensuring the aircraft makes it to the hospital safely, there are flight nurses and aeromedical evacuation technicians standing by to administer medical procedures, check equipment and respond to any emergencies that could arise during the flight.   

 

Today the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted their first training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., practicing this very scenario.

 

Squadron members started today’s training mission with a meeting at the Arnold Medical Annex where they reviewed their checklists and planned the mission. They went over duty assignments, emergency procedures, the flight status of each crew member and how to configure the cargo area of the aircraft, including where each patient will be placed. They also discussed each patient to determine their status, medical needs, symptoms, previous treatments, medication, allergies and necessary equipment, including a precise calculation of the amount of oxygen needed.

 

The crew created an in-depth plan for the mission because, “We have to take care of our patients and in the event of an aircraft emergency we have to take care of ourselves,” Master Sgt. Joe Byrd, 36th AES aeromedical evacuation technician said. Each crew member has an individual training summary sheet they must keep current to maintain their flight qualifications.

 

After completing the mission briefing, the 36th AES crew members collected their equipment and medical dummies and brought them out to the flight line to be loaded onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. This was the first flight where the 36th AES and the 53rd WRS conducted simultaneous training missions that allowed members of both squadrons to practice their life-saving missions.

 

“On the home station side this is what we do; we train and make situations as real as we can so we can be prepared for real-world situations,” Maj. Aaron Hagen, chief flight nurse for the 36th AES said.

 

Once the crew unloaded the equipment onto the flight line they configured the cargo area of the aircraft for patient transport and then loaded the equipment and patients onto the aircraft. During the training mission they also practiced different scenarios that could happen during a real patient transport including cardiac arrest, a change in patient status or an aircraft emergency.

 

“This provides us with real-life training in a simulated scenario and keeps us qualified on medical procedures, medical equipment and aircraft emergencies,” Byrd said.

 

The 36th AES is a unit new to the Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing and will be welcomed during a ceremony Saturday at 9:36 a.m. at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility auditorium.

 

“Keesler has welcomed us with open arms to make us part of the team, and we’re all integrating very well.” Hagen said.

 

The unit is relocating from Pope Field, N.C., and will include 40 officers and 83 enlisted personnel.  Five of those positions will be full-time Air Reserve Technicians. For more information or to apply for jobs across the 403rd Wing, visit http://www.403wg.afrc.af.mil/About/Recruiting.aspx.

 

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