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CASEVACCasualty Evacuation
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Establishing a fixed-wing CASEVAC capability is a military and economic imperative.
Our aircraft would be established as the on-call CasEvac section during all live-fire events.
When we finished this deployment we all had great satisfaction knowing that we made a difference to someone's life as a result of standing around the clock CASEVAC mission for 7 months in the II MEF area of responsibility."
"Sir," the company commander's voice quivered, "I need CASEVAC [casualty evacuation[ now!
The training is conducted by the USAISR instructor team and includes data on how people die in ground combat, specific management guidelines for the 3 phases of care (Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, and CASEVAC Care), guidelines for optimal management of wounded hostile combatants, guidelines for determining the urgency for evacuation for specific types of injuries, specific casualty scenarios, and "Lessons from the Front." Assistance is obtained from the unit medics/corpsmen in the small-group practical skills sessions (tourniquets, hemostatic agents, recognition of shock on the battlefield, airway management, hypothermia prevention, splinting, antibiotics and analgesics, management of specific casualty scenarios, etc).
It did not help that the newest MP field manual (FM), FM 19-4, Military Police Operations, dated 1993, made no mention of how platoons, let alone companies, should conduct CASEVAC operations.
They will be followed by a special forces CasEvac medical team aboard a fully-armed American-made Blackhawk helicopter.
Casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) was immediately conducted
Additionally, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) equipment requirements were not identified adequately, and the Canadian platoon arrived without their standard litters due to issues with international shipping; the platoon was also unable to carry this equipment with them while flying commercially due to weight and size restrictions.
(17) From 15 to 18 November 2012, AAF Mi-17s supported Afghan border police who were providing supplies to local villages in a contested area of southern Afghanistan--"possibly the first time these villages had seen GIRoA [Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan] forces, let alone AAF helicopters, delivering humanitarian aid." (18) In fact, AAF Mi-17 operations have advanced to the point where Afghan crews routinely conduct resupply, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), and passenger-transport missions across the country without US or coalition air advisors on board.
The enabler arena of casualty evacuation (CASEVAC)--critical for saving lives, and also, over the longer term, for protecting recruitment and preventing attrition--was the top concern for a number of ANA Corps Commanders during the first half of 2013.