The Arrowhead crew is back from Germany after a quick trip to capture the official homecoming ceremony for C Company 1-214, the “Dustoff” unit with whom we embedded in Afghanistan. Congrats to them on a safe and important deployment, during which they risked their own lives every day to save others, evacuating 2,447 patients 1,100 of whom were U.S. Marines.
These soldiers and the families who are so happy to have them back represent many, many more who serve in the United States Army as helicopter medical evacuation personnel. These four-person (two pilots, a crew chief and a flight medic) crews fly unarmed, often into “hot” landing areas, to save U.S. and NATO troops, local nationals, and even wounded enemy prisoners. They provide an essential link in the Army Medical care continuum that is resulting in a greater than 90% survival rate for our fighting forces.
This is part of our “Dustoff Legacy” documentary, now in progress. Our next shoot will be with Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D. the Army Surgeon General. And then, we’ll gather the Vietnam War heroes who served as “The Original Dustoff,” proving the mission’s life-saving capabilities.