MEDEVAC Links

27 January 2012

The MEDEVAC issue continues to grow.  There have been many articles and it's becoming difficult to keep up.  The Joint Chiefs of Staff is preparing something for Congress.  My guess based on conversations is that JCS will try deflection and will not solve the issue.  SecDef has done nothing, to my knowledge.  And so this is set to become an election issue.

This list below is not comprehensive but can be a helpful resource.

Please listen to my interview with Dennis Miller.

LINKS
Op-eds by James Simpson

American Thinker
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/incomprehensibly_stupid_army_regulation_killing_americans_in_afghanistan.html

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/no_sex_many_lies_one_videotape_and_a_soldiers_unnecessary_death.html

Breitbart Big Peace
http://bigpeace.com/jmsimpson/2012/01/09/incomprehensibly-stupid-army-regulation-killing-americans-in-afghanistan/

Examiner.com—D.C. Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-washington-dc/incomprehensibly-stupid-army-regulation-killing-americans-afghanistan?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/16/bureaucracy-killing-us-troops-in-afghanistan/

http://times247.com/articles/army-s-medevac-chopper-policy-in-need-of-revision

 

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Army Times
Article in the Army Times about Congressman Todd Akin's (R-MO) letter to Sec Def Panetta:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/01/military-lawmaker-arm-medevac-helos-to-save-more-lives-011712/

Navy Times
Article in the Navy Times about Congressman Todd Akin's (R-MO) letter to Sec Def Panetta
http://www.navytimes.com/mobile/index.php?storyUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.navytimes.com%2Fnews%2F2012%2F01%2Fmilitary-lawmaker-arm-medevac-helos-to-save-more-lives-011712%2F

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Dispatches by Michael Yon
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/

05 November 2012
Revered Pilot Comments on Dust Off Failures
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/revered-pilot-comments-on-dust-off-failures.htm

24 October 2012
MEDEVAC at FOB Pasab, Afghanistan
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/medevac-at-fob-pasab-afghanistan.htm

15 October 2012
DUSTOFF Medevac: General -- Medal of Honor recipient -- Slams Army
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/dustoff-medevac-general-medal-of-honor-recipient-slams-army.htm

24 September 2012
Stuck in the Mud
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/stuck-in-the-mud.htm

19 September 2012
Red Air: One Year Later
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/red-air-one-year-later.htm

19 July 2012
Deadly Delays
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/deadly-delays.htm

18 July 2012
Military Professionals Discussing the MEDEVAC Dilemma: Armed or Escorted?
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/military-professionals-discussing-the-medevac-dilemma-armed-or-escorted.htm

17 June 2012
Angels Over Afghanistan
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/angels-over-afghanistan.htm

12 June 2012
Another Smoking Gun: The Pentagon Caught Again on MEDEVAC
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/another-smoking-gun-the-pentagon-caught-again-on-medevac.htm

04 June 2012
More Army Red Cross Lies Exposed
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/pdf/gsab-medevac-escort-decision-brief-1st-cab-02-oct-08.pdf

31 May 2012
Proof That Military Puts Media Message before Troops' Lives
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/proof-that-military-puts-media-message-before-troops-lives.htm

17 May 2012
US Congress and MEDEVAC
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/us-congress-and-medevac.htm

09 May 2012
MEDEVAC Madness
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/medevac-madness.htm

23 April 2012
Dark Night
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/dark-night.htm

22 April 2012
Did Green Berets and MEDEVAC Violate Geneva Conventions in Afghanistan?
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/did-green-berets-and-medevac-violate-geneva-conventions-in-afghanistan.htm

13 April 2012
America’s Angry Troops
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/americas-angry-troops.htm

07 Mar 2012
Senator Levin on MEDEVAC
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/senator-levin-on-medevac.htm

01 Mar 2012
MEDEVAC Momentum: Senate Armed Services Committee to Raise the Issue
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/medevac-momentum-senate-armed-services-committee-to-raise-the-issue.htm

25 Feb 2012
White Birds in a Red War
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/white-birds-in-a-red-war.htm

23 Feb 2012
Army Dustoff Medics Unprepared
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/army-dustoff-medics-unprepared.htm

18 Feb 2012
A Hypothetical Interview General Martin Dempsey: (Fiction)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/a-hypothetical-interview-general-martin-dempsey-fiction.htm

15 Feb 2012
Department of Army Monitoring MEDEVAC Articles
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/department-of-army-monitoring-medevac-articles.htm

14 Feb 2012
Tippity Top General Lies to Congressman (in writing)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/tippity-top-general-lies-to-congressman-in-writing.htm

11 Feb 2012
A Matter of Trust
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/a-matter-of-trust.htm

05 Feb 2012
Contempt of and for Congress?
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/contempt-of-and-for-congress.htm

03 Feb 2012
17 Members of Congress Want Answers on MEDEVAC
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/17-members-of-congress-want-answers-on-medevac.htm

03 Feb 2012
Crucifixion of Common Sense
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/crucifixion-of-common-sense.htm

02 Feb 2012
The Army MEDEVAC Scandal: Report of Conspiracy
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/the-army-medevac-scandal-report-of-conspiracy.htm

31 Jan 2012
Important Letter from Gold Star Mother
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/important-letter-from-gold-star-mother.htm

30 Jan 2012
13 Military Pilots Rebuke the Joint Chiefs of Staff
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/13-military-pilots-rebuke-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff.htm

28 Jan 2012
British Army Officer on US Army Medevac
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/british-army-officer-on-us-army-medevac.htm

27 Jan 2012
Another Dustoff Pilot says Delays Costing Lives
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/another-dustoff-pilot-says-delays-costing-lives.htm

26 Jan 2012  
Comments by Dustoff pilots
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/thoughts-from-a-dustoff-pilot.htm

23 Jan 2012
E-mail exchange with JCS concerning document from Joint Chiefs of Staff
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/messages-from-joint-chiefs-of-staff.htm

20 Jan 2012
CBS interview with LTG John F. Campbell
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/cbs-video-of-medevac-issue.htm

19 Jan 2012
Contact with staffer at Congressman Todd Akin’s office
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/jcs-curiouser-and-curiouser.htm

19 Jan 2012
JCS letter to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/joint-chiefs-of-staff-bogus-report-to-congress.htm

17 Jan 2012
Congressman Todd Akin’s (R-MI) letter to SEC DEF Leon Panetta about the JCS document and RED AIR
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/congressman-akin-medevac-letter-to-secdef.htm

17 Jan 2012
Danger For Senators and Representatives Army Deceptions May Cause Embarrassment
Letter to Senator Jon Kyle (R-AZ) regarding RED AIR dispatch of 12 Oct 2011
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/danger-for-senators-and-representatives.htm

16 Jan 2012
Progress on Removing Dustoff Red Crosses
Posting of an Alaska Op-ed on RED AIR
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/progress-on-removing-dustoff-red-crosses.htm

10 Jan 2011 (sic)
MEDEVAC/CASEVAC links
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/medevac/casevac-links.htm

9 Jan 2012
Take me to your Leader (if you have one); CENTCOM passes buck back to Army
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/take-me-to-your-leader-if-you-have-one.htm

9 Jan 2012
Link to Breitbart Big Peace Blog, piece by Bill Tuttle:  A Pilot’s Perspective on Michael Yon’s Medevac Debate
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/delta-force-commander-former-on-dustoff-medevac.htm

3 Jan 2012
Passing the MEDEVAC Buck to CENTCOM, response by SEC of the Army John McHugh to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/passing-the-medevac-buck.htm

30 Dec 2011
DELTA Force Commander (Former) on DUSTOFF MEDEVAC
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/delta-force-commander-former-on-dustoff-medevac.htm

09 Dec 2011
Embarrassed Army
https://www.michaelyon-online.com/embarrassed-army.htm

23 Nov 2011
Crusader Copters
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/crusadercopters.htm

22 Nov 2011
Mark of the Beast: Evil Symbols in Afghanistan
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/mark-of-the-beast-evil-symbols-in-afghanistan.htm

14 Nov 2011
Marked for Destruction
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/marked-for-destruction.htm

10 Nov 2011
Leadership: More than a Word
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/leadership-more-than-a-word.htm

8 Nov 2011
Question for Congressman Pompeo: What is your Position?
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/question-for-congressman-pompeo-what-is-your-position.htm

7 nov 2011
Report to Congress: Army called to Report on MEDEVAC Failure in Afghanistan
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/congressional-report.htm

6 Nov 2011
Fool’s Gold & Troop’s Blood
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/fools-gold-troops-blood.htm

27 Oct 2011
Dustoff Traction
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/dustoff-traction.htm

26 Oct 2011
Machine Guns on Dustoffs
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/machine-guns-on-dustoffs.htm

24 Oct 2011
Golden Seconds: Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/golden-seconds.htm

12 Oct 2011  
RED AIR—America’s medevac Failure    
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/red-air-americas-medevac-failure.htm

14 Sept 2009
Pedros, USAF SAR in Afghanistan
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/pedros.htm

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Medevacmatters.org

 

17 May 2012
Revamped Flight Medic Training
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/05/16/revamped_flight_medic_training/

12 May 2012
Word Games
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/05/11/word_games/

15 April 2012
Is the Red Cross a Neutral Symbol to Afghans?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/04/15/is-the-red-cross-a-neutral-symbol-to-afghans/

13 April 2012
Senator Harkin’s Disinformation Letter
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/04/13/senator-harkins-disinformation-letter/

5 April 2012
Aerial Camouflage – Why It’s Not Easy Being Green…with White Patches and Red Crosses
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/04/05/aerial-camouflage-why-its-not-easy-being-green-with-white-patches-and-red-crosses/

1 April 2012
How the Army is slow to meet MEDEVAC Challenges in the 21st Century
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/04/01/how-the-army-is-slow-to-meet-medevac-challenges-in-the-21st-century/

29 Febuary 2012
The real reason why Army MEDEVAC helicopters fly unarmed
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/28/the-politicization-of-medevac/

23 Febuary 2012
Army Medical Department (AMEDD) MEDEVAC Innovations 1991-2011
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/23/army-medical-department-amedd-medevac-innovations-1991-2011/

23 Febuary 2012
Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Innovations 1991-2011
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/23/amedd-innovations-1991-2003/

22 Febuary 2012
NATO Newsletter: NATO Medical Lessons Learned Newsletter, March 2011
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/22/nato-newsletter-nato-medical-lessons-learned-newsletter-march-2011/

22 Febuary 2012
NATO Training: PECC Training Course
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/22/nato-training-pecc-training-course/

22 Febuary 2012
NATO Report: ALLIED JOINT DOCTRINE FOR MEDICAL EVACUATION
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/22/nato-report-allied-joint-doctrine-for-medical-evacuation/

22 Febuary 2012
NATO report: NATO – Medical Evacuation in Afghanistan MP-HFM-157-05
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/22/nato-report-nato-medical-evacuation-in-afghanistan-mp-hfm-157-05/

21 Febuary 2012
US Army Report: 2011 After action report blasts MEDEVAC shortcomings
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/21/us-army-report-after-action-report-for-medcom-tasker/

20 Febuary 2012
Point-Counterpoint: 92% Casualty Survival Rate in Afghanistan
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/20/point-counterpoint-casualty-survival-rate-in-afghanistan/

20 Febuary 2012
Point-Counterpoint: Geneva Convention Applicability to the U.S. in Afghanistan
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/20/point-counterpoint-geneva-convention-prohibitions/

17 Febuary 2012
Daily Mail Online (UK): ‘He’d still be here’: Mother’s agony
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/17/daily-mail-online-uk-hed-still-be-here-mothers-agony/

17 Febuary 2012
Yon: 66 minutes is not 59 minutes
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/17/yon-66-is-not-59/

17 Febuary 2012
Kevin Lehmann: Incomprehensibly Stupid Army Regulation Killing Americans in Afghanistan
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/17/kevin-lehmann-incomprehensibly-stupid-army-regulation-killing-americans-in-afghanistan/

16 Febuary 2012
Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF)
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/16/medical-treatment-facilities-mtf/

16 Febuary 2012
NATO MEDEVAC Timelines
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/16/nato-medevac-timelines/

16 Febuary 2012
AP: Should U.S. Arm Medevacs in Afghanistan?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/16/ap-should-u-s-arm-medevacs-in-afghanistan/

15 Febuary 2012
Yon: Department of Army Monitoring MEDEVAC Articles
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/15/department-of-army-monitoring-medevac-articles/

14 Febuary 2012
Yon: Tippity Top General attempts to Deceive Congressman (in writing)
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/14/yon-tippity-top-general-attempts-to-deceive-congressman-in-writing/

8 Febuary 2012
Fox News: Debate over arming Army medevacs. Does current policy cause delays?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/08/fox-news-debate-over-arming-army-medevacs-does-current-policy-cause-delays/

7 Febuary 2012
American Thinker: No Sex, Many Lies, One Videotape, and a Soldier’s Unnecessary Death
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/07/american-thinker-no-sex-many-lies-one-videotape-and-a-soldiers-unnecessary-death-read-more/

7 Febuary 2012
New Letter from Joint Chiefs of Staff to Congress
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/07/new-letter-from-jcs-to-congress/

7 Febuary 2012
Fox News: Congressman Akin Discusses Medevac Issues in Afghanistan
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/07/fox-news-congressman-akin-discusses-medevac-issues-in-afghanistan/

6 Febuary 2012
Letter from Chazray Clark’s Mother
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/06/letter-from-chazray-clarks-mother/

3 Febuary 2012
Yon: 17 Members of Congress Want Answers on MEDEVAC
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/03/yon-17-members-of-congress-want-answers-on-medevac/

1 Febuary 2012
NY Post: Hurry, wait … and die. Army rules stalling Medevacs
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/02/01/ny-post-hurry-wait-and-die-army-rules-stalling-medevacs/

29 January 2012
Soldier of Fortune: BLEEDING OUT FOR POLITICS
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/29/soldier-of-fortune-bleeding-out-for-politics/

27 January 2012
Army Times: Rep. Todd Akin Tells DoD Savings Lives more important than Geneva Convention
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/27/media-coverage-january-2012/

26 January 2012
Stripes.com: Controversial debate brewing: Should Army medevacs be armed?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/26/stripes-com-controversial-debate-brewing-should-army-medevacs-be-armed/

25 January 2012
Politico.com: Should Army medevacs be armed?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/25/should-army-medevacs-be-armed/

24 January 2012
Examiner.com: Is Army medevac policy killing our wounded troops?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/24/examiner-com-is-army-medevac-policy-killing-our-wounded-troops/

21 January 2012
Gen. Dempsey talks about trust
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/21/333/

20 January 2012
U.S. Army Chief PAO: Army statement on MEDEVAC issue
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/20/u-s-army-chief-pao-army-statement-on-medevac-issue/

19 January 2012
CBS Evening News: Did a military rule cost a soldier’s life?
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/19/cbs-evening-news-did-a-military-rule-cost-a-soldiers-life/

18 January 2012
Military.com: Amid Criticism, Army Defends Medevac Mission
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/18/military-com-amid-criticism-army-defends-medevac-mission/

18 January 2012
Dennis Miller interview of Michael Yon 2012-01-18
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/18/dennis-miller-interview-of-michael-yon-2012-01-18/

16 January 2012
Washington Times: Bureaucracy killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan – Political correctness keeps Army medevac helicopters grounded
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/16/washington-times-bureaucracy-killing-u-s-troops-in-afghanistan-political-correctness-keeps-army-medevac-helicopters-grounded/

16 January 2012
“So That Others May Live”
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/16/so-that-others-may-live/

14 January 2012
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersmen: Medevac policy is costing lives
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/14/mat-su-valley-frontiersmen-medevac-policy-is-costing-lives/

9 January 2012
Big Peace: A Pilot’s Perspective on Michael Yon’s Medevac Debate
http://medevacmatters.org/2012/01/09/big-peace-a-pilots-perspective-on-michael-yons-medevac-debate/

20 December 2011
U.S. Army Chief of Staff letter to Senator Jon Kyl
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/12/20/u-s-army-chief-of-staff-letter-to-senator-john-kyle/

17 December 2011
American Thinker: Army MEDEVAC Choppers Travesty
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/12/17/american-thinker-army-medevac-choppers-travesty/

6 November 2011
Yon: Fool’s Gold – Video from SPC Chazray Clark’s MEDEVAC Wait
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/11/06/yon-fools-gold-video-from-spc-chazray-clarks-medevac-wait/

24 October 2011
YON: Golden Seconds
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/10/24/yon-golden-seconds/

12 October 2011
YON: Red Air – America’s Medevac Failure [the article that started it all]
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/10/12/yon-red-air-americas-medevac-failure-the-article-that-started-it-all/

6 September 2011
USA Today: Army to boost flight medics
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/09/06/usa-today-army-to-boost-flight-medics/

25 August 2011
Stripes.com: Calm in the midst of chaos is lifesaving protocol for medevac crew in southern Afghanistan
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/08/25/stripes-com-calm-in-the-midst-of-chaos-is-lifesaving-protocol-for-medevac-crew-in-southern-afghanistan/

22 June 2011
Army.mil: Excellent Report of How a MEDEVAC Mission Can Run
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/06/22/army-mil-excellent-report-of-how-a-medevac-mission-can-run/

24 May 2012
2011-05-24 Secretary Gates Blasts Pentagon’s Resistance to Change
http://medevacmatters.org/2011/05/24/2011-05-24-remarks-by-secretary-gates-to-the-american-enterprise-institute/

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ICRC

Health care in danger: making the case
http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/publication/p4072.htm
http://www.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/publications/icrc-002-4072.pdf

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CBS NEWS
CBS News interview with LTG John F. Campbell regarding RED AIR and the Army's policy:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57362374/did-military-rules-cost-a-soldier-his-life/?tag=mncol%3Blst%3B1

MEDEVAC Photo Essay by Nicole Sobreki
Photographs by Nicole Sobecki of an Army medevac unit in Afghanistan.  Photo 3 shows the interior of a UH60A medevac helicopter.  The gunners would sit in the two seats behind the sitting Marine that face outward toward the windows just behind the pilots.  This configuration belies the Army's argument that he UH60 would suffer degraded performance and cause the removal of two litters from the helo were two .50 caliber machine guns to be mounted on the fuselage.
http://www.nicholesobecki.com/#/dustoff--us-army-medevac/NS_AF_113010_Medevac14_002
            
U.S. Army
The U.S. Army's Public Affairs Office response to the criticism of the Army's medevac policy:
http://www.army.mil/article/72250/Army_statement_on_MEDEVAC_issue/

Larry Wood
14 Jan 2012
Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska) Medevac policy is costing lives
http://www.frontiersman.com/opinions/columnists/medevac-policy-is-costing-lives/article_3bf39468-3f52-11e1-8999-0019bb2963f4.html

24 Jan 2012
Examiner.com, Is Army medevac policy killing our wounded troops?
http://www.examiner.com/alaska-gubernatorial-in-anchorage/is-army-medevac-policy-killing-our-wounded-troops

Stars and Stripes
26 Jan 2012
Controversial debate brewing: Should Army medevacs be armed?
http://www.stripes.com/news/army/controversial-debate-brewing-should-army-medevacs-be-armed-1.166840

New York Post
01 Feb 2012
Hurry, wait ... and die Army rules stalling Medevacs
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/hurry_wait_and_die_wyLvNsCxiZKASR4ePF3VyK

The Post and Courier
Use of armed medevac choppers debated
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/feb/14/use-of-armed-medevac-choppers-debated/

Right Truth
Should the U.S. arm medevac helicopters?
http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2012/02/should-the-us-arm-medevac-helicopters.html

News Day
Soldier's death sparks debate over arming medevacs
http://www.newsday.com/news/soldier-s-death-sparks-debate-over-arming-medevacs-1.3526254

Boston.com
Soldier’s death sparks debate over arming medevacs
http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-13/news/31055865_1_medevac-pilots-escort-aircraft

MailOnline
'He'd still be here': Mother's agony as soldier dies after unarmed rescue team was delayed an hour waiting for cover
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102305/Chazray-Clark-death-Mothers-agony-soldier-dies-rescue-team-delayed-waiting-armed-cover.html

Associated Press
Should U.S. arm medevacs in Afghanistan?
http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/should-u-s-arm-medevacs-in-afghanistan-28327981.html

Comments   

 
+3 # Medevac title page dateMr. Johan Morgen 2012-01-27 15:32
As information, your Medevac page is dated February 27, 2012.

You are getting a little ahead of yourself. ;-)

Sincerely,

Johann Morgen
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+3 # Keep up the good workLarry 2012-01-27 15:34
Michael,
Keep up the good work keeping this issue high on the list. To all those higher ups who continue to kick the can down the road, malarkey! You be safe out there!
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+3 # Mr. MorgenMichael Yon Author 2012-01-27 16:00
Actually it was dated correctly as 27 February. I was in my time machine when I wrote it. ;) (Thank you.)
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+4 # Thanks for the links!jamescgonzales 2012-01-27 17:00
Thanks for listing these. It makes it a lot easier to find and forward them to folks.
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+3 # An Election Issue?Al Reasin 2012-01-27 23:55
With the letters going out and the questions being asked by me and others, the DOD civilian leadership cannot be ignorant of the problem; one that has apparently existed prior to this Administration. The MSM is ignoring it for some reason. Maybe because they worry this will show the lack of concern the Obama Administration has for the military which overrides the possible condemnation that could be heaped on the Bush administration.

With this being an issue even during the Iraqi war, where my son was for 27 months, this veteran, who is active politically and keeps in touch with military personnel, had never heard of the problem until Michael exposed it.

Thank you Michael.
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# RE: An Election Issue?Gary 2012-01-29 06:26
"Even" during the Iraq war? Hasn't this been an issue since the first medevac helicopter flew in combat in the Korean war (or whenever)?
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+1 # RE: RE: An Election Issue?Al Reasin 2012-01-29 22:48
You are correct, I went by what I remembered from Michael's dispatches

The Sikorsky Model S-55, military H-19 Chickasaw with a red cross was used in the Korean War and it had a red cross. http://olive-drab.com/idphoto/id_photos_h19chickasaw.php

In Vietnam, the medevac Hueys were known by their radio call sign "Dustoff" for the dirt they kicked up as they took the wounded to safety. Later variants, such as the UH-1H, could carry three stretcher patients and a trained medic inside the cabin. Most served in the Army, although both the Navy and Marines used their Hueys for similar tasks.
Although almost never armed, Dustoff Hueys sometimes dropped off supplies and even ammunition to troops in the field—what one pilot referred to as "preventive medicine." They frequently came under fire and many were shot down—the large red crosses on their sides did not provide them with immunity. Dustoff pilots often earned reputations for immense bravery, risking themselves and their aircraft to remove wounded soldiers during intense fire fights, and resulted in the awarding of several Medals of Honor to pilots and crewmen.

http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/helicopter%20history/M.A.S.H.%20Medevac%20Helicopters.htm

Interesting, if true, that in Vietnam they were sometimes armed (which service, but Dustoff was the army term) and dropped off ammo. Thus one can say that when the Army removed the medics' red cross, they may have also used red cross labeled helicopters for more than wounded evac. If so that placed Dustoff helicopters at risk for violating the "rules of war".
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+1 # RE: RE: RE: An Election Issue?Michael Peterson 2012-04-26 04:28
I flew Cobras in Vietnam, but all pilots in our squadron had to fly "dustoff" twice a month. Our Hueys were not formal medevacs and did not display crosses and were armed with two door gunners.

Frankly, the formal medevac units were useless because there were so few of them and the commanders used 'em like pawns. Thus, most units (at least in our cav brigade) did their own evacs.

(A good example of how this worked can be seen in the movie, "We Were Soldiers Once and Young").

In my opinion, a good part of the problem with the situation Michael describes is that the military has become far too stovepiped and regimented. The paperwork necessary to launch a ship on a rescue mission (described by Michael in an earlier post) is just sickening. And the fact that heads don't roll is beyond criminal.

Michael P.
Undertaker 21 (RVN, '69)
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+1 # RE: MEDEVAC LinksJB 2012-01-29 18:34
http://www.af.mil/specials/courage/story.html

take a read on what the USAF does. I'm biased but come on Army!!!
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# Todd Akin R-MOMatt 2012-09-19 13:50
Toward the top of this page, Todd Akin is referred to incorrectly. He is R-MO (Missouri), not R-MI (Michigan).
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