Norwegian MEDEVAC Copter – No Red Crosses


The Norwegian Aeromedical Detachment force provide MEDEVAC support under NATO’s management of MEDEVAC and medical services in Afghanistan. This photo from a 3 minute video filmed in April 2012 about Norwegian MEDEVAC missions shows that if the Norwegian helicopter has external markings all it is simply “ISAF” on its side doors. Some fly without even … Continue reading

New – MEDEVACmatters is now on Facebook


The new MEDEVACmatters Facebook page was launched today. Please stop by and “Like” the page to stay in the loop as new posts are published on this site.

Is the Red Cross a Neutral Symbol to Afghans?


Journalist Michael Yon has written about the cultural importance of our MEDEVAC helicopters showing Red Cross symbols on them in a Muslim society. Here is a photo of a poster displaying banned symbols From Yon’s article: An Afghan friend translates: *Destroying the cross is an Islamic obligation* 1. Christians want to publish and spread their … Continue reading

What Do You Think Senator Harkin Meant? (A Poll)


After reviewing Senator Harkin’s form letter to a constituent concerned about the safety of MEDVAC flights and the delays caused by requiring them to fly unarmed, I thought it would be interesting to see if I just completely misunderstood the Senator’s closing thoughts. Let me know what you think. Background In late October a concerned … Continue reading

Senator Harkin’s Disinformation Letter


A constituent of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin finally received a reply five months after her initial letter and fax to Senator Harkin about MEDEVAC operations in Afghanistan. Despite the date on the Senator’s letter, she just received it today. The letter is another example of how the Army’s spin doctors have misled members of Congress … Continue reading

Aerial Camouflage – Why It’s Not Easy Being Green…with White Patches and Red Crosses


The recent discussions about removing the Red Crosses on white backgrounds from the Army’s MEDEVAC helicopters created quite an uproar from Army leadership. They based their arguments against doing so mostly on a misunderstanding the terms of the Geneva Convention. They also disregarded an opinion issued in October 2008 by the Army’s Judge Advocate General … Continue reading

How the Army is slow to meet MEDEVAC Challenges in the 21st Century


This timeline shows important milestones in Army MEDEVAC operations in the 21st Century. On the left side of the timeline are Army/Army Medical Department actions, and on the right side are important reports and challenges faced by Army MEDEVAC operations. The history of the MEDEVAC units in the US Army is a long and proud … Continue reading

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