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A sacred place

By MG Patrick Brady, COL Donald Hall and Charles Kelly, Jr. Sacred spaces. Lincoln talked about them in his address at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. In the military, they can have a special meaning. Places like the Little Round Top, where a desperate but determined Joshua Chamberlain ordered the men of …

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MEDEVAC Aircraft 995 Helicopter Capability Development Tool Unveiling

By: Cpt. Marjorie A. Evans and Sgt. 1st Class Billy Raines Fort Rucker, Alabama—An unveiling ceremony for the Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Aircraft 26995 Capability Development Tool was hosted on Fort Rucker, Alabama, on April 14, 2022 by the Medical Evacuation Concepts & Capabilities Division (MECCD), Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate (MED CDID). The historic occasion …

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In Afghanistan’s ‘Valley Of Death,’ A Medevac Team’s Miracle Rescue

Originally published in Newsweek – November 12, 2012 By Tony Dokoupil and John Ryan The first bodies came on the first day of the operation. It was a Saturday, hot and quiet, the wind spinning eddies of sand around Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan. Out of the midmorning silence came the crackle of …

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The Little Unit that Could, by COL Retired Doug Moore

During the Vietnam War, the major focus was on helicopter ambulance units deployed in-country, and that is understandable. There was another unit that performed magnificently during that timeframe and went largely unnoticed, except by the men who were assigned and by the many thousands of patients transported by its crews.       Prior to 1966, hospitalization …

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