By unitedweroll on Feb 26, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Airmen perform CPR, save stranger's life
by Tech. Sgt. S. E.
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
2/24/2014 - LAS VEGAS -- Three noncommissioned officers were awarded the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal during a ceremony Jan. 31 for their quick reactions that saved the life of a stranger at McCarren International Airport earlier in the month.
Staff Sgt. Brent Olson, military working dog instructor with the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron, was in the baggage claim area at the airport Jan. 6 waiting to receive students as they arrived when a businessman collapsed 15 feet away.
"I saw him hit the ground and heard someone say medic," said Olson who reacted quickly and was beside the prone man. "I just ran over there and tried to steady him through his seizure. When his seizure ended, I checked his pulse."
Not far away, Tech. Sgt. Pedro Guerrero, kennel master trainer student, and Staff Sgt. Donald Nachand, military working dog handler student, were waiting in line for their baggage talking about their upcoming training for class when a civilian ran up and asked if they were medics.
They ran to the scene and found Olson, who said there was no pulse and the businessman wasn't breathing. They quickly got into positions to begin CPR chest compressions. Guerrero supported the man's head while Nachand and Olson were at the man's sides. With minimal communication, the Airmen worked together to re-position the man's body to facilitate his breathing.
"Everyone just took their spots. We all did it together," said Nachand who is a military working dog handler assigned to the 96th Security Forces Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
"It wasn't like [Olson] was telling me what to do or I was telling him what to do," said Guerrero, who is a flight sergeant assigned to the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Hulburt Field, Fla. "We just did what we needed to do. We kept communicating throughout the whole time. We were a team. It just happened."
After a minute of CPR, the man's pulse returned but he remained unresponsive and was struggling to breathe. For several minutes the Airmen worked to stabilize his breathing.
"After five minutes, he started to come to but he didn't have his senses and that's when he started fighting," Guerrero said. "He wasn't coherent of what he was doing. He was screaming and biting his tongue."
I took Olson, Nachand, Guerrero and two airport police officers to steady the man's head, arms and legs so he wouldn't hurt himself more.
After the paramedics arrived, the three NCOs continued to assist emergency medical technicians who administered medication to sedate the man's struggling. Once the situation was under control, they gave their names to the police and headed to the squadron for training. It wasn't until a few days later they learned the man was recovering and that civilian first responders determined their actions were critical to saving the man's life.
"It didn't hit me that day, but later I realized that he could have died," said Guerrero, who now plans to become a certified CPR instructor. "I want to tell others that 'one day someone is going to come to you because you wear the uniform and say someone needs help. I wouldn't want anyone to have the burden to think 'this guy died in my hands.'"
United We Roll World Tour Show at Stardust Radio Network Inc Tuesday 02/25/14 and Wednesday 02/26/14
By unitedweroll on Feb 24, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, Feb 25th of 2014.
This week we bring you three new visits with deployed members which are chock full of interesting information about their missions while away from home and other military service experiences.
The first two of our visits come from South Korea and the 2CAB (Combat Aviation Brigade). Our first guest is SFC Gevenins Brown, who is on his 5th deployment since joining the US Army 14 years ago. Currently on duty with Charlie Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, SFC Brown is a Platoon Sergeant and is the first line to be called to troubleshooting problems with Communications. Hopefully SFC Brown and his family will have some quality time to spend together after he arrives home from this deployment.
Our second guest is PFC Devin Hastings of Headquarters Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd CAB, and was barely out of training before he was off on his first deployment. PFC Hastings was in the 3rd grade when the attacks took place on September 11th and was anxious from that time to serve and defend our country. He is already leaning towards a career of service in the US Army. PFC Hastings is another example that our young men and women in uniform are among America's Finest.
Our third and final for this week visit comes from the Transit Center at Manas in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan which is home to the 376th AEW. Lt Col/Dr Kirk L Rowe of the 376 EMDG (Expeditionary Medical Group) is a neuropsychologist who is also the Training Director at the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Wright Pat AFB Medical Center. Dr. Rowe brings us some clear facts that cut through some of the myths around treatment for our military members who suffer from PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries). There is a great amount of information shared in this visit and we truly encourage our listeners to tune in.
As always, we believe you will find our visits today to be informational, inspirational and a wonderful opportunity to meet members who are currently standing guard over our freedom. We hope that you will join us again next Tuesday, March 4th, for more new visits with members from our units.
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Even on deployment to Antarctica, IL National Guard Doctor saves lives of victims from helicopter crash.
By unitedweroll on Feb 24, 2014 | In Military News and Support
We salute Col Steven S Norris and his medical team of one Air Force flight medic and one flight nurse for their demanding 38 hour shift at Antarctica that saved lives of badly injured victims from a helicopter crash.
At home and away, on duty or on leave, our National Guard Members are always prepared to help.
Ill. Air Guard doctor deploys to Antarctica, takes on helicopter crash
by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
182nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
2/24/2014 - PEORIA, Ill. -- The commander of the 182nd Medical Group in Peoria, Ill., returned from a rare seven-week deployment to Antarctica Jan. 4, where he provided medical care at the McMurdo Station there.
Two weeks after arriving, Air National Guard Col. Steven S. Norris of Morton, Ill., found himself in the middle of a mass-casualty event when a South Korean Kamov helicopter crashed landed and caught fire on the deck of a research ship.
The doctor deployed to Antarctica as a flight surgeon in support of Operation Deep Freeze's mission to provide airlift for the National Science Foundation. There, the Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran with almost two decades of military service experienced the most limited and remote working conditions of his career.
Norris had just returned to the station from an all-day mission to the South Pole on Dec. 4, 2013, when he received word that four helicopter crash victims were being transported to his clinic from 200 miles away at Terra Nova Bay. When they arrived, it would become Norris and his team's job to keep the critically wounded Koreans alive and fly them on a LC-130 Hercules to the nearest medical center in Christchurch, New Zealand.
At that point, Norris knew his duty day was far from over.
"I had to prepare the hospital, four different trauma bays, and get everyone together and assign teams, and do all the stuff you do in preparation for a mass casualty," he said.
His team that night was one Air Force flight medic and one flight nurse. The event became part of a 38-hour shift that resulted in saving those four lives.
The crash victims suffered burns, spine and pelvic fractures, and internal bleeding. The worst had burns on 40 percent of his body.
When the patient arrived, he was not doing well and his burns were so severe that his body had swollen, Norris said. "The key in those situations is to get them to establish a definitive airway, but with his face and head so swollen, that was very difficult," the doctor explained.
The crash victims survived, despite the limits and difficulties of practicing medicine in McMurdo Station's small, desolate arctic facility.
"It's kind of like an outpatient clinic, or a prompt care, and then some two or three hospital beds," said Norris. "It's really the only hospital on the continent."
Besides the clinic's size constraints, materials were also a commodity. It was a stark difference from Norris's experiences deployed in the Middle East.
"You have limited supplies. You can't be resupplied. You just have to be prepared to do everything and be able to stabilize any sort of situation. You have to be confident in your ability to do that, and be able to do it, because there's nobody else there," he said.
Norris, however, found dealing with stress to be similar to any other intense situation he had experienced in his medical career.
"The number one thing is stay calm," he said. "Support everyone around you so that they feel relaxed and calm, and just concentrate on the task you have in front of you. I think if the physician is calm and speaks calmly and doesn't appear to be rattled or in a hurry, then everyone else feels relaxed."
Norris has had 15 years to practice that philosophy. He received his doctorate of medicine in 1999 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received a commission in the Air Force the next year.
He also serves in the civilian sector as a hospital physician at Peoria's OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, having previously worked in family practice, emergency care and executive leadership positions. After serving as the 182nd Medical Group's chief of aerospace medicine, he was promoted to its commander in December 2010.
Norris now oversees 68 traditional and full-time medical specialists that service the more than 1,100 guardsmen responsible for the 182nd Airlift Wing's state and federal missions.
Ref: http://www.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401228 Original Article and Photo
By unitedweroll on Feb 21, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: We offer our sincere gratitude to these and to all of our military members who respond with amazing courage when faced with such dangerous situations.
By Stephen Losey
As Staff Sgt. Nicole Richardson headed out on a Sept. 5, 2012, resupply mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, she knew it would likely be rough.
She and other troops had encountered insurgent-planted improvised explosive devices several times before, and the location they were trying to reach had only one road in and out ¡ª a perfect spot for an ambush.
¡°We knew that they just did not like us down there,¡± Richardson said at a Feb. 5 luncheon at Arlington National Cemetery.
Before the day was out, Richardson¡¯s team was struck by a wave of IEDs, one after another. Her team leader and eight other troops were seriously injured by a rocket-propelled grenade, and she stepped up and took command of her team. She directed her team as they helped fight off the insurgents during a roughly two-hour firefight. And she ran across open terrain under enemy fire ¡ª twice ¡ª to get ammunition when her team¡¯s M-240B machine gun ran low.
Richardson¡¯s actions that day earned her an Army Commendation Medal with Valor and a Marine Combat Action Ribbon. And on Feb. 5, she was one of 22 airmen honored in the Air Force¡¯s eighth volume of Portraits in Courage, a publication that recognizes airmen who have performed remarkable feats of bravery.
¡°Every airman has a story,¡± Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said at the luncheon to honor Richardson and four other airmen profiled in the newest Portraits of Courage. ¡°Some of them will make you just jump up and cheer. Some of them will make you cry. It¡¯s inspiring to know that we are amongst people that will do that.¡±
Also appearing at the luncheon were:
¡öMaster Sgt. Delorean Sheridan of Pope Air Field in North Carolina, a combat controller who received a Silver Star for engaging 15 to 20 insurgents and saving 23 lives following a ¡°green-on-blue¡± attack in Wardak province, Afghanistan, in March 2013. His actions were reported in the Feb. 3 issue of Air Force Times.
¡öMaj. Shaine Thrower of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., who helped save 54 lives ¡ª including his daughter¡¯s ¡ª when he realized their schoolbus was on fire and evacuated it quickly.
¡ö2nd Lt. Quianna Samuels of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. While still ROTC cadet 1st lieutenants, Samuels and two other nurses ¡ª now-2nd Lts. Alison Nordlander and Ashlyn McNeely ¡ª were traveling through West Texas on April 17, 2013, when a fertilizer plant went up in a massive explosion. Samuels, Nordlander and McNeely immediately responded and triaged dozens of survivors in the midst of multiple fires, massive smoke and the threat of additional explosions.
¡öSpecial Agent Robert Powers, director of war fighter readiness and execution at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Quantico, Va., who saved an elderly man who had accidentally set himself on fire in a grocery store restroom on Feb. 12, 2013.
Richardson is an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the 802nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Lackland, who went by her maiden name of Nellist at the time of the ambush. She and her EOD team were supporting the Marine Corps¡¯ 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in clearing IEDs and keeping supply routes open.
At the luncheon, she recalled the day¡¯s events:
As her convoy drove single-file down a hill into a valley to reach the Marine special operation forces that needed resupplying, two IEDs went off in rapid succession, severely damaging the two lead armored vehicles but leaving the occupants unharmed. The convoy needed to quickly press on to reach the Marine special operators, so they radioed for vehicles to come from the rear and tow the damaged vehicles away.
As one truck made its way down the hill, it hit a massive, 250-pound IED. The bomb flipped the truck backward and onto its side, ripped off its tires and turret, and caused other severe damage. The troops radioed the crippled truck, but got no response and knew they had to help the wounded troops as soon as possible.
A bulldozer, which had been trying to clear a path in the front, pulled around to try to clear the way behind them when it was hit by a fourth IED.
¡°So now we¡¯re thinking, we¡¯re in the middle of this valley, in an area that we thought was cleared enough by our previous people, we¡¯ve just hit four IEDs ¡ª how many more are out there?¡± Richardson said.
Richardson and other troops ran toward the truck hit by the third, largest IED and saw the gunner was laying face down.
¡°You could tell he wasn¡¯t moving,¡± Richardson said. ¡°We knew that he had passed on. As sad as it is, as much attention as you want to pay to the first person that you see that¡¯s laying on the ground, you have to take into consideration that there¡¯s other people out there that might still be alive. And so, we all run to the vehicle and hear screaming, and so we know at least that they¡¯re still alive in there.¡±
One of her teammates ¡ª who she described as a ¡°big, tall, muscular guy, looks like Captain America¡± ¡ª climbed on top of the vehicle, ripped open its heavy armored door and dropped inside. He pushed the two badly injured Marines still inside out to Richardson and a Marine gunnery sergeant, who began conducting first aid and talking to the injured while awaiting the medevac helicopter.
After the two injured Marines and the gunner¡¯s remains were flown out, the convoy towed the damaged vehicles to the top of a hill, where a vehicle hit yet another IED. Nobody was injured in that strike, but the convoy¡¯s leaders decided that, with multiple casualties and five vehicles out of commission, it was time to call the mission off.
As the remaining vehicles were refueling and preparing to leave, an RPG struck, injuring Richardson¡¯s team leader, eight other troops and a K9 dog. As the team leader was about to be evacuated ¡ª leaving Richardson in charge ¡ª insurgents opened fire.
Richardson used her vehicle¡¯s optics to identify the insurgents¡¯ positions so her gunner could open fire on them, the Air Force said in the Portraits of Courage summary. Richardson and her gunner lost their line of sight on the enemy, so she decided it was time to leave their heavily armored vehicle to get a better firing position.
¡°I had to redirect my other teammate at least twice to take our machine gun out of the vehicle and move it into a better position,¡± Richardson said. ¡°Vehicles move around, and everything¡¯s obviously crazy, we¡¯re getting shot at, people are trying to communicate, make sure that everyone is where they need to be to suppress the fire and defeat the bad guys.¡±
The Air Force said Richardson laid down suppressive fire with her M-4 so her team could set up the machine gun in a better spot. She said she used binoculars to help guide her gunner¡¯s shots. And she twice ran across the field to get more ammunition for her gunner and other troops.
When the battle was over, the Air Force said, Richardson continued helping evacuate casualties to make sure they got back to base safely.
Richardson said that after she returned from Afghanistan, she ran into the two wounded Marines she helped save at the Marine Corps Ball in San Diego. She also stays in touch with the other Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman who was a medic that day.
¡°They will always be my family, and I am honored to call them my brothers,¡± she said.
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By unitedweroll on Feb 21, 2014 | In Military News and Support
It would be very interesting to know how many lives have been saved by military members who happen to be nearby. We have seen many reports with incidents from traffic accidents, to boating accidents and more. We thank all of our military members who do not hesitate to reach out and help others again and again.
Airman-Soldiers receive medals for lifesaving response
by Senior Master Sgt. Burke Baker
386th Air Expeditionary Squadron Public Affairs
2/6/2014 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Three Soldiers and one Airman assigned to the 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron received the Army Achievement Medal on Jan. 28 during a ceremony honoring them for exceptional achievement as first responders to a vehicle accident.
Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Derrick, Army Corporals Jessie Zawatski and Michael Fritz, and Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Knopf were driving off-base on Jan. 22 enroute to another military installation when they spotted an overturned pickup truck carrying four U.S. Army personnel.
Knopf, a health services management technician deployed from the 628th Medical Support Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., and his team of responders immediately assessed the situation.
"All of the windows in the vehicle had been shattered and the vehicle was clearly no longer operable," he said. "Once I got up to the vehicle, I did a quick assessment of the casualties and came to the conclusion that the victim in the rear driver's side seat was the most critical. I decided I was going to focus my attention on her."
The injured Soldier was unconscious and bleeding as Knopf performed an initial triage. She became mildly conscious during his assessment and complained of leg, arm, neck and stomach pain.
Knopf and his team performed first-aid to the victims and secured the scene.
"I didn't want to move [the private] because I was unsure of the extent of her injuries," he said. "I tried to make her as comfortable as possible, so I gave her my top to use as a blanket and found a military bag in their truck, I used that as a pillow to support her neck. I monitored her pulse and made sure she wasn't choking on her spit up."
A local ambulance arrived a short time later. Knopf and his team assisted the paramedics with additional first aid until a medical evacuation helicopter arrived.
"We then took her to the ambulance and provided first aid by giving her oxygen and cleaning her face of debris," he said. "I removed the boot from her left foot and stabilized her foot with wraps. I waited in the ambulance with her until the medevac arrived".
The four Soldiers, members of the U.S. Army's 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, were treated for their injuries and later released at a nearby U.S. military hospital.
The decoration citation states the 387th AES members' quick thinking and selfless contributions were instrumental in preventing further injury to the four Soldiers.
The 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron was activated in October and acts as U.S. Central Command's primary unit for U.S. Customs inspections for all Department of Defense personnel and equipment destined for the U.S. Since there is not a specific military occupational specialty for customs inspection, the unit's members are from both the U.S. Army and Air Force, and include a wide variety of specialties.
Chief Master Sgt. George Role, Chief Enlisted Manager for the joint squadron, credits pre-deployment training as being an important factor in the incident outcome.
"When we prepare to deploy as service members; we are required to be up to date on the Self Aid and Buddy Care computer-based and hands-on training, " said Role. "Although one hopes never to have to use the things learned; it is good to see that, when called to action, our squadron members were able to recall the training and put it to practical use. This is why we complete this training. These 387 AES Airman and Soldiers have made me very proud to be a member of this diverse squadron."
Original Article and Photos - Ref: http://www.386aew.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123379275
By unitedweroll on Feb 20, 2014 | In Military News and Support
We send a salute and sincere "Thank You" to TSgt Buss for not hesitating to help someone in need!
Face of Defense: NCO Saves Lives With First-responder Skills
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike
47th Flying Training Wing
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Feb. 20, 2014 – A noncommissioned officer assigned here used his first-responder skills while on leave Jan. 29 to aid in rescuing two people after their truck crashed in Bracketville, Texas.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shane Buss, the 47th Flying Training Wing’s acting director for equal opportunity, said he simply did what most people would have done in the same situation -- he helped.
"I had just picked my kids up from school and was heading home when I saw the truck beside the creek,” Buss said. “I immediately pulled over, told my kids to stay put and got to the scene of the wreckage."
Buss, who had been a first responder before joining the Air Force, assessed the situation quickly and began to take action.
"The truck was smashed up pretty good, especially on the passenger side," he said. "I had to leg press the driver-side door open far enough for us to pull the driver out so we could focus on the passenger. The driver was definitely doing better than the passenger, but still really bad."
In a matter of minutes after arriving, Buss had helped the driver out of the truck, ensured he was put in a safe and comfortable position so he would not hurt himself further, then Buss climbed through the truck’s back window to help the passenger.
"The passenger was on the side with the most damage and had a few broken bones, along with other injuries," he said. "He was also pinned, so the fire department would have to use the Jaws of Life to get him out. I held his head … to make sure he wouldn't hurt himself, and talked to him to calm him down and take his mind off of the accident."
Buss said he started by testing the passenger's short-term memory by asking him if he knew where they were. "After a few failed questions relating to short-term memory, I focused on his long term," he added. "I got his name and where he was from, which was good."
Paramedics soon arrived and continued to assess the passenger's condition. Shortly after, the fire department arrived and was ready to use a hydraulic device to free the passenger from the wreckage.
"For the fire department to use the Jaws of Life, the windows needed to be busted out," Buss said. "One of the firemen gave me a blanket to put over the passenger to keep glass shards from hitting him. I put it over him and turned my face away from the window to protect myself from the glass. I wasn't worried about myself, because it was all about the passenger at this point."
The 47th Flying Training Wing’s director of staff praised Buss for his quick thinking.
"Buss' actions are indicative of his training, competency, and most importantly, his character," Air Force Col. Joshua Lechowick said. "We are extremely proud of what he's done and are thankful that he was there when someone was in need."
Laughlin Air Force Base