43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
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|43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Mobility Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Pope Army Airfield|
|Motto(s)||Always the First|
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
|Col. Ricky Sexton|
|43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron emblem|
The 43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (43 AES) is a unit of the United States Air Force. It is part of the 43d Air Mobility Operations 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.
In July 2014 the squadron was participating in an exercise involving a hostage rescue scenario, when Staff Sergeant Timothy Wright was struck and killed by a Humvee. Despite immediate response measures, SSgt Wright died of his injuries a short time later. Col. Elizabeth Shaw, the unit commander, was relieved "due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command" following the release of the ground accident investigation board report. Lt. Col. Russ Frantz was named interim squadron commander pending appointment of a new commander.
- 43d Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, 1 April 1997 – 1 March 2011
- 43d Airlift Group, Pope Army Air Field, 1 March 2011 – 14 June 2016
- 43d Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Air Field, 14 June 2016 – present
Historical unit patches
- 1 Jul 1998 – 30 Jun 2000 (AMC GB-(DP)118)
- 1 Jul 2001 – 30 Jun 2002 (AMC GB-(DP)028)
- 1 Jul 2002 – 31 May 2004 (AMC GB-(A1)033)
- 1 Jun 2004 - 31 May 2006 (AMC GB-(A1)026)
- 1 Jun 2006 - 31 May 2007 (AMC GB-(A1)019)
- 1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2009 (AMC GB-(A1)009)
- 1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2012 (AMC GB-(A1)014)
- 1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013 (AMC GB-(A1)009)
- 1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 (AMC GB-(A1)010)
- "43d AES: Their mission is your life" By Staff Sgt. Zachary Hassay, 43d Airlift Group Public Affairs. 3 March 2011
- "43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander relieved of command". Air Force Times. January 23, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015.