43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
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The 43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (43 AES) is a unit of the United States Air Force. It is part of the 43d Airlift Group at Pope Army Air Field, North Carolina. It is a component of Eighteenth Air Force and Air Mobility Command of the United States Air Force, and is part of the air force component of United States Transportation Command.
43 AES provides tactical aeromedical evacuation for U.S. troops and regional Unified Commands using C-130 Hercules and other aircraft. The unit is manned by flight nurses, Medical Service Corps officers, aeromedical evacuation technicians, medical administration and logistics technicians, and radio and communications operators.
In April 1999, the 43 AES deployed to Tirana, Albania in support of Operation Noble Anvil. As part of Task Force Hawk, AES personnel provided support to Army V Corps. Twenty-seven missions were flown on opportune C-17 and C-130 aircraft resulting in the safe and timely transfer of service members to include one injured security police dog.
On 7 October 2001, The US began its war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom began. Later that month, personnel from the 43 AES, were the first aeromedical forces to deploy overseas. Since January 2003 members of the 43 AES have been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
43 AES became part of the 43d Airlift Group on 1 March 2011 when the 43d Airlift Wing inactivated.
Historical unit patches
- "43d AES: Their mission is your life" By Staff Sgt. Zachary Hassay, 43d Airlift Group Public Affairs. 3 March 2011