The Air Force’s aeromedical system and specialized military medical teams worked “beautifully,” said Lt. Col. Leslie Ann, director of the Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center, to get the sailors injured in a steam line accident from Guam to the Army Burn Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Adding to what we’ve already reported, here’s how it unfolded: a KC-135 from Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, flew a critical care medical attendant transport team to Guam. There the CCMAT transferred their equipment and the patients to a C-17 from Hickam AB, Hawaii. In the interim, an Air Force Reserve Command crew flying a C-17 from McChord AFB, Wash., picked up an Army burn team from San Antonio, flying them to Hickam. A second Hickam C-17 then flew the injured sailors and the burn team to Texas.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.