by Airman 1st Class Melissa Estevez
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
12/3/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Il. -- Aeromedical
evacuation experts from Scott AFB recently teamed up with AE crews from
Pope Field, North Carolina, for a collaborative Air Mobility Command
training initiative Nov. 16-20.
For the weeklong exercise, both teams were flown to Pope Field in a C-17
Globemaster III by the 6th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
There were 41 medical personnel who flew between Scott and Pope, which
gave each AES team the opportunity to maximize training on that aircraft
without having to navigate around cargo.
"The 6th AS has not only allowed us a week of training on their C-17,
but also negated any travel costs for the 43rd and 375th AES crews by
flying between each location. The 6th AS is acquiring training time as
well, so it's a win for all three of us," said Maj. John Hein, 375th AES
Operations Flight commander.
Scott's AE crew trains, mobilizes, and deploys nearly 150 members each
year to support aeromedical evacuation missions aboard C-21A, C-17A,
C-130E/H/J, and KC-135R aircraft.
Capt. Nicole Ward, 375th AES flight nurse, said, "First, we set up the
litter configuration, oxygen and electrical lines, and then verified we
had adequate emergency oxygen systems for our patients in the event we
had an in-flight aircraft emergency."
Once all the equipment and personnel were set up, multiple challenging
scenarios were presented to the crews to include patient problems both
with mannequins and co-workers acting as patients, as well as dealing
with simulated in-flight aircraft emergencies.
Hein said, "Combined training provided both squadrons invaluable
experience on the C-17, a plane that's not organic to Pope Field or
Scott AFB. The ability to get in-garrison aeromedical evacuation
training on the C-17 is invaluable because it's one of the primary
aircraft we conduct patient movement on while deployed."
McGuire's Capt. Stephen Ching, C-17 pilot, explained that the size and
versatility of the aircraft allows plenty of room for people and
equipment which makes it an exceptional aircraft for aeromedical