We all know, in the Air Force, you have to be fit to fight, but if something were to ever happen, these guys are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
EMT, Senior Airman Rebecca Jude said, “We respond to medical, trauma and in-flight emergencies and during in-flight emergencies, we respond to both military and civilian aircraft.”
Flight & Operational Medical Tech, Staff Sergeant Ryan Ashley continued to say, “We have a big training population of pilots where we have anything from Hypoxia, which is lack of oxygen, also decompression sickness while in flight and we have to be able to provide care immediately out here for our pilot’s sake.”
Providing care to those in the community is exactly why SrA Jude wanted to pursue a career in the medical field.
SrA Jude told us, “This carer field, you have a wide variety of medical stuff that you can do so you can be working family practice, pediatrics, and ICU, ambulance services, obviously, internal medicine. There’s a wide variety of what we can do as an aerospace medical technician.”
Learning to do it well takes months of training. She said preparing to care for pilots is especially crucial.
SSgt Ashley continued to tell us, “Just because of all the stressors that are put on them and without us being here, I don’t even know how the Air Force would accompany pilots honestly.”
Which is why these medical technicians take this assignment so seriously and they are always willing to help, to ensure pilots stay in flight and ready to complete their missions.
In next weeks Sheppard Profile, she’ll be taking a look at the airman and family readiness center and all the programs and services they provide for airmen and their families.