by Senior Airman Kasey Phipps
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
9/21/2015 - WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. -- Members
of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, 137th
The mission provides the two 137 AES crews the essential flight
readiness training on an Air Force C-130 Hercules airframe piloted by
different flight crews.
"It enforces the total force concept," said Major Robert Huhn, medical
crew director. "I mean, we fly with active duty, guard and reserve.
Everybody does something just a little bit different. So the more
exposure to the different units that you have, the more you learn the
tricks of the trade."
Each crew had three medical technicians and two flight nurses who
trained in multiple scenarios designed to test their knowledge and skill
in specific flight treatment areas. The crews treated and stabilized
patients through several obstacles, including unexpected landings, cargo
loads, in-flight fires, rapid decompression and trauma emergencies.
"I like that sometimes we sit down and break down the scenario, and
that's really great to be able to think about what you're going to do,"
said Senior Airman Josselyn Davis, a medical technician on one of the
crews. "When we're in a real-world situation, we'll have a more broken
down way of looking at it. For me, that's extremely vital."
To successfully complete these scenarios, Airmen had to learn to
navigate the complexities of the C-130 as opposed to the KC-135
Stratotanker aircraft, which they train on regularly. This included
learning different space conservation techniques, litter positioning,
tie down configurations and even power outlet locations.
"Today simulated a real world mission that the Guard and Reserve are
going to be taking on more often, which is a CONUS redistribution
mission where the patients arrive from Germany," said Huhn. "We're going
to pick them up at Andrews Air Force Base, and we're going to
distribute them either up and down the coast or out to San Antonio for
their redistribution west. This is the exact type of aircraft that we'd
be doing that on."
"There's no way to fully understand what you're getting yourself into
without fully doing what we do, coming out here and getting the rhythm
down," Davis added.
While the major focus of the mission was recruit readiness, there were other equally beneficial outcomes, said Huhn.
"The biggest benefit from today was exposure to different airframes and
different air crews from around the Air National Guard," he said.