Thursday, September 07, 2006
Dustoff Crews Bring Mercy From Above
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Spc. Gary Scott stands on the sun-drenched flight line with three Blackhawk helicopters resting behind him. “What do you like most about your deployment?” he is asked. A voice bursts through the radio strapped to his waist. “Medevac, medevac, medevac,” it announces.
Scott smiles and says, “Well…the missions. I gotta go! The crew chief for the 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) bounds off to the aircraft with the rest of his flight crew to provide aid to people in need.
Soldiers of the 159th have been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for more than six months now. During that time, they have conducted 500 missions helping save the lives of U.S. service members, coalition soldiers and the Afghan people. The motto “Anyone, anywhere, anytime”, which can be read on the unit’s recreation room, explains the unit’s mindset.