Air Guard crew flies mission to save Soldier’s life

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNEWS) — They flew at night and into the next day from Iraq nonstop to the United States. Fifteen hours and 10 time zones later, they handed over their precious cargo in Maryland: a Soldier who had been wounded in combat.

Then, to the hum of jet engines, they packed their gear and returned to fly similar missions again and again.

Members of the Air National Guard flew directly from Balad Air Base, Iraq, to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Feb. 7 to transport a critically injured Soldier to stateside medical personnel in an effort to save his life.

The Soldier had sustained life-threatening injuries from an improvised explosive device. His best chances for survival were in the hands of neurologists thousands of miles away.