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18 AES medical training

18 AES medical training

U.S. service members from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron prepare for a medical training flight on a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES trains routinely for a variety of medical scenarios to be ready at a moment’s notice. Preparation is one of the key steps in ensuring the success of a mission. The week of May 12, is recognized as National Nurses and Medical Technicians Week, when the contributions of nurses and technicians are honored. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

U.S. Air Force Maj. Kati Joen, left, a mission clinical coordinator from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Amanda Scanlon, right, a flight nurse, discuss the plan to load mannequin-simulated patients in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2021. The primary mission of the 18th AES is to support medical operations in wartimes, during various contingencies and during natural disaster relief operations. The 18th AES along with the 909th ARS maintain a 24-hour alert for emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

Senior Airman Frank Schaefer, a charge medical technician from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, sets up a post to lay mannequin-simulated patients during transport in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES is able to provide in-flight care to patients aboard the KC-135 Stratotanker. The KC-135 Stratotanker is able to transport injured patients to more advanced medical facilities in various regions of the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

U.S. Air Force Capt. Amanda Scanlon, a flight nurse from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, checks on a mannequin-simulated patient in flight on a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, over Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES is primarily for military and DoD personnel but can be used in any medical situation to support U.S. allies. The 18th AES ensures they can safely transport a variety of patients while providing expert care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

Senior Airman Frank Schaefer, a charge medical technician from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, sifts through a medical kit for requested medication and syringes in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, flying over the Japanese Sea, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES is able to provide care for hours and sometimes days as they transport people from one location to another. The 18th AES typically works in five-man teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

U.S. Air Force Capt. Melissa Cadorette, a medical crew director from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, places electrodes on a mannequin-simulated patient to set up an electrocardiogram, or an EKG, in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, flying over the Japanese Sea, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES and 909th ARS are able to respond to medical emergencies in various regions at a moment’s notice. The ability of the 18th AES to mobilize quickly and provide critical in-flight care greatly increases the chances of survival for victims of illness or injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

Tech. Sgt. Dillon Wright, left, and Senior Airman Joshua Egler, right, both medical technicians from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, perform CPR and assisted breathing on a mannequin-simulated patient in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, flying over the Japanese Sea, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES also has the ability to use their medical skills on other aircraft if the situation calls for it. The 18th AES is primarily composed of Airmen who volunteer for this special duty which requires them to be highly trained and skilled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

Senior Airman Frank Schaefer, a charge medical technician from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, performs CPR on a mannequin-simulated patient in a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, flying over the Japanese Sea, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES primarily focuses on the safety of the patient and stabilizing them until they arrive to the proper facility. The 18th AES optimize the aircraft they use to treat patients for their specific needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

18 AES medical training

Senior Airman Joshua Egler, a medical technician from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, wears an oxygen mask during a training flight on a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, over Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2021. The 18th AES is capable of deploying with the 909th ARS for medical situations on a moment’s notice. Both the 18th AES and 909th ARS are on 24-hour standby to be ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros)

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