15 May 2008
Medevac mission: Iraqi style
Yesterday a historic event occurred at Balad Airbase: the Iraqi Air Force ran their first Medevac mission, transporting an injured farmer from Balad to Baghdad. The crew was shadowed by experienced US troops who have been handling a high volume of missions to and from Balad. There were a few moments of adjustment getting used to the differences between the Iraqi Huey helicopter and the US Black Hawk, but the team quickly adapted and overcame. After all, the Bell Huey flew many medical missions in Vietnam. This is important work because it is incorporation of the Iraqis into necessary lifesaving activities.