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The medevac UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lifts off for a casualty retrieval exercise Sgt. Bradley Miller

A U.S. Army medevac UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lifts off at Sonsonate, El Salvador, May 18, 2013 for a casualty retrieval exercise during Beyond the Horizon - El Salvador 2013. Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led, joint foreign military interaction and humanitarian exercise taking place in El Salvador from late March to late June 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brad Miller/Released)

SONSONATE, El Salvador – The 1/228th Aviation Regiment conducted a nine-line medical evacuation simulation May 18 here using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to train on the procedures of recovering an injured soldier on the battlefield.

Sgt. Trevor Hogan, crew chief of the medevac aircraft, performs the pre-flight checks to ensure everything is ready when the pilot and the medic arrive.

“From the time we get the call,” Hogan said, “we are in the air in less than 15 minutes, no matter where we are or if we’re asleep.”

Hogan also assists the flight medic in any way he can during flight.

“Training like this is important to work out the kinks because there are a lot of elements involved in a MEDEVAC,” said Sgt. Joshua Trujillo, the flight medic on board. “It helps us find who needs training in what areas to make sure it runs smoothly with a real call.”

Hogan said his job offers him a great source of self-accomplishment.

“It’s great when you get a mission and you pick up a patient alive and drop them off alive,” Hogan said. “Because if you weren’t there to pick them up, that patient may not make it.”

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Date Taken:05.20.2013

Date Posted:05.20.2013 11:47

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