Air Force rescue personnel sprang into action Wednesday to help the Afghan victims of a massive blast caused by an improvised explosive device detonating at a local market in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand Province. These members of the 41st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter unit assigned to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, treated and triaged 30 patients upon arriving at the scene, including five who required immediate life-saving measures. The Pave Hawks then evacuated 16 of the patients, including some of the seriously injured, to local medical facilities for further care, “This was a phenomenal combined effort to accomplish this mission,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Kunkel, 41st ERQS commander. He praised the coordination amongst the coalition members that made quickly aiding the Afghans civilians possible. (Kandahar report by Capt. Kristen Duncan)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.