This 2007 feature with the Mississippi Air Guard’s C-17 aircrew was my first Iraq assignment for the National Guard Bureau. It put into perspective how many were dedicated to the lifesaving missions during the war. I also bumped into an old friend and officer working on the Balad flight line in the middle of the night, it truly is a small world, I thought at the time. These folks were extremely dedicated to the mission and did it with class, later sending me an American flag that flew with them in appreciation for the coverage.
By Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith
National Guard Bureau
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The Mississippi Air National Guard’s 172nd Airlift Wing makes it look so easy: how they fly aeromedical evacuation missions to the other side of the world, land in a combat zone, pick up wounded warriors and fly home – volunteering to do it over and over again.
Airmen from the 172nd flew such a mission March 2, looking rested and eager to take off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md. – the first stop on their aerovac mission to Iraq and back.
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