Amid Criticism, Army Defends Medevac Mission

By Philip Ewing

“The Army has no evidence its unarmed medical evacuation helicopters marked with the red cross are attacked more often than other helicopters in Afghanistan, the service said Wednesday, and it strongly defended its medevac policies in the face of criticism from a member of Congress.


“The Army has legal and practical reasons for not arming its dustoff helicopters, Layer explained. First: “Medevac aircraft are dedicated air ambulances and operate solely as medical evacuation platforms within the spirit and intent of the Geneva Conventions,” he said.  “Other services, and other Army helos may be used for medical missions, but that is not their prime function … Removing the red cross and arming it would make it like other Army helicopters — subject to being redirected to support non-medical missions.”


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