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The best soldiers for the worst moments: Medevac flies day or night

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Erin Gibson, 31, of Covington, Ohio, treats a patient in the back of an 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade medevac helicopter while U.S. Army Spc. Bryan Heaston, 30, of Lusby, Md., maintains a close watch on security and safety in Logar province, Afghanistan, July 8. "We always see the worst days for people," said Heaston. "I enjoy what I do, because we're saving lives. No matter what we do, whenever we launch we're doing the right thing, so that makes it all worth it."



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This work, The best soldiers for the worst moments: Medevac flies day or night [Image 9 of 14], by SFC Eric Pahon, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.08.2012

Date Posted:07.16.2012 05:54

Photo ID:625496

VIRIN:120708-A-#####-279

Resolution:2100x1656

Size:821 KB

Location:FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, AFGlobe

Hometown:FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, LOW, AF

Hometown:LOGAR PROVINCE, AF

Hometown:WARDAK PROVINCE, AF

Hometown:BALTIMORE, MD, US

Hometown:COVINGTON, OH, US

Hometown:FAYETTEVILLE, NC, US

Hometown:FORT BRAGG, NC, US

Hometown:WASHINGTON, DC, US

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