Posts Tagged ‘Medic’

…is something that I have written about before and linked to Michael Yon‘s site in regards to his efforts to get the Army to take the damn red cross off of the Medevac birds. That red cross is nothing but a target for any jihadist with a gun. It tells the enemy that it is unarmed and they can take their sweet ass time to shoot it down.

Now there’s a Vietnam Medal of Honor Dustoff pilot coming out against the red cross too as well as the way we do Medevacs now.
We didn’t learn a damn thing from Vietnam apparently.

There are many more issues with the Medevac scene that need to be addressed.

Getting the arm chair general out of the loop would be a good start. Get this operation back in the hands of the medical field. Patients come first with them. Rear echelon weenies can’t make a good decision if they aren’t involved in the process.

DUSTOFF Medevac: General — Medal of Honor recipient — Slams Army
Written by Kevin DeAnna

General slams military for forgetting history
Medal of Honor recipient says focus no longer on wounded

A “very, very disappointed” Gen. Patrick Brady has slammed the U.S. Army for forgetting the lessons of the legendary “Dust Off” helicopter ambulance program from the Vietnam War.

It was in an interview on “Talk Back with Chuck Wilder,” that Brady, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, explained that bureaucratic changes within the Army are endangering wounded soldiers.

He’s also the author of “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Vietnam.”

“The focus is not on the patient,” he explained, noting that increased emphasis has been placed on risk assessment, command and control, and other factors that “Dust Off” pilots in Vietnam “had not even heard of.”


God loves medics. So do the grunts. Here’s a special one.

This 39-Year-Old Woman Enlisted Five Years Ago And Is Already An American Hero

When Army Sgt. Julia Bringloe received the Distinguished Flying Cross during a Manhattan ceremony last week it wasn’t for any one particular thing that she had done.

Bringloe, 39, received the honor for dozens of courageous acts performed during a 60-hour mission where she and her medevac crew rescued 14 wounded soldiers.

Erik German from The Daily talked to Bringloe and her helicopter crew about Operation Hammerdown and the nearly three days they spent flying into, hovering above, and dropping in, to extreme danger and live combat.

via Sgt. Julia Bringloe Rescued More Than A Dozen Soldiers During A Deadly 60 Hour Mission – Business Insider.

This is why medics are revered in the military…

Carson medic recalls attack that led to her Bronze Star


There was no time to think, or even register fear, when a rocket-propelled grenade ripped into a Humvee and detonated in the driver’s lap.

“All I knew is: It was hot, I couldn’t see and I couldn’t breathe,” said Cpl. Helen L. Ruhl, one of four soldiers injured in the Sept. 24 blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Yet Ruhl could — and did — manage to act.

Despite her own injuries, the 24-year-old Fort Carson medic is credited with helping to save the driver’s life by stanching his bleeding and then returning fire on insurgents as her comrade was taken away for treatment.

She received a Bronze Star for valor Wednesday in a ceremony on Fort Carson. It’s the military’s fourth highest award for valor.

The driver lost a leg but may not have survived without Ruhl’s quick thinking, a top commander said.

“She’s the kind of medic I would like to have on a combat patrol,” Fort Carson Deputy Commanding General for Support Brig. Gen. James Pasquarette said after pinning Ruhl with the award.