19 January 2012
The Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a bogus letter on MEDEVAC to the House Armed Services Committee. The JCS letter is so filled with errors and deceptions that it has taken more than a week for me to respond. The JCS directly refutes my work on MEDEVAC.
Thirteen pilots have read my draft response. Ten of those pilots are Pedro or Dustoff. (Five each.) The remaining three have or do fly MEDEVAC escort in Afghanistan. Twelve are active duty and one is retired. All have served in Afghanistan or are there. Some also served in Iraq. Together they have done about 25 combat tours.
Details are crucial. Other veterans, and civilians, are providing feedback to keep my response to the JCS accurate. My response should be ready by Monday.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Defense, Senators, and Representatives are cautioned to avoid embarrassment by not taking the JCS letter at face value.
Representative Todd Akin (MO-2) has rejected the JCS letter and directly contacted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
The JCS letter to the HASC: