Updated: 08/17/2013 5:19 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Past and present members of the Air Force's Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron gathered Saturday afternoon and honored the unit's significant accomplishments.
"As a result of the pioneers' work, the U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation System transported more than 81,000 patients including 14,000 battled-injured Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines since Sept. 11, 2001,” said Maj. Sheree Savage.
These medical personnel frequently fly in and around the Twin Cities in large, gray C130 cargo aircraft to complete medical evacuation training missions. The Airmen in this unit can be mobilized with only 24-hour notice to support missions at home and abroad.
Approximately 87 percent of aeromedical evacuations are performed by National Guard and Reserve units, with the remaining 12 percent divided between four active duty units.
The event was held at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul.