An Air Force civil engineer rescue air mobility squad (RAMS) at Ali Base, Iraq, had trained twice to work with the Army UH-60 Black Hawk aeromedical evacuation unit when they got a real-world call: Two trucks had collided head-on and one driver was trapped. The RAMS team picked up their 200 pounds of extrication gear and their “battle rattle”—weapons and ammunition—and headed for a Black Hawk. It took all their tools and nearly two hours to free the driver, then the Army took over to treat and transport. The Air Force RAMS—14 airmen—at Ali Base cover all of southern Iraq.
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.