Air Force rescue personnel deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, from Pope AFB, N.C., on June 9 carried out the first-ever joint aeromedical evacuation mission with British medical teams on "non-validated casualties," June 9, 2010. Their actions helped save the lives of three US airmen who were injured in the crash of an HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter earlier that day in Afghanistan's Helmand province. That same crash claimed the lives of four other USAF rescue personnel. By bypassing the normal validation steps, the joint team was able to act much more quickly to retrieve the injured airmen aboard an HC-130P aircraft. Here, USAF rescue personnel operate on one of the injured airmen inside the HC-130, June 9, 2010.
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