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Into a Trap

I was on the roster for one of the initial mixed crews and received a mission not long after starting that night’s duty cycle. It called for us to simply transfer a patient from TQ to a higher level of care in Balad. I considered to this to be a good first mission because it seemed quite routine and would likely be uneventful.

Blurred Lines

As all Army aviators know, sometimes mission importance outweighs weather minimums. The question then becomes where to draw the line.

  • 1 February 2016
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Celebrating Decision-making

Celebrating decision-making sounds about as exciting as celebrating the move from fifth grade to middle school. But decision-making is the key for a successful day that involves multiple search-and-rescue missions flown in the high country of Colorado.

  • 1 February 2016
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Cleared for a Near Miss

It should have been just another traffic pattern entry under night vision goggles to end the mission, but it ended up being a strong lesson for every member of the crew.

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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When Everything Goes Right

Many articles are written about situations that could have resulted in something catastrophic happening because of a momentary lapse in judgment. These are tough lessons to learn. However, I believe very important lessons can also be learned when everything does go according to plan.

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 3927
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External Distraction

It was to be an exciting night in northern Iraq. The mission was a little different from the standard ring route to the north or south of Forward Operating Base Speicher, and I was eager to get started.

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 5512
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