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The transportation of a wounded person, usually by air, from an area of military conflict to an area where medical care can be provided.
tr.v. case·vaced, case·vacing, case·vacs
To transport (a wounded person) from an area of military conflict to an area where medical care can be provided.

casualty evacuation

The timely and efficient movement and en route care provided by medical personnel to wounded soldiers being evacuated from a battlefield, to injured patients being evacuated from the scene of an accident to receiving medical facilities, or to patients at a rural hospital requiring urgent care at a better-equipped facility using dedicated, medically equipped ground vehicles (ambulances) or aircraft (air ambulances).

The word medevac is used when the evacuation is performed by a dedicated, medically equipped vehicle staffed by one or more trained emergency technicians who provide care en route; casevac (casualty evacuation) is preferred in cases where the primary objective is immediate, emergency removal (without focus on en route care). Medevac is further distinguished by the clearly markings that indicate to an enemy that it is not a military vehicle and firing on it would constitute a war crime under Article II of the Geneva Convention (1949).


Combat Casualty Evacuation Care (emergent health care interventions that guide the initial stabilization of wounded people).
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To establish a fixed-wing CASEVAC capability, advisors assist the Afghan air force in assessing airfields, training flight medics, and mentoring C-208 capabilities.
The range of casualty transport from hardest and least practical to easiest and best is the one-man carry, two-man carry, improvised litters, specialized equipment (litters, SKEDCO, Israeli litters), mission vehicles, CASEVAC asset, and MEDEVAC asset.
Similarly, AAF and SMW missions such as pilot training, mobility, CASEVAC, light attack, and air support for special missions would falter.
The lane allowed the convoys to train on different forms of contact, as well as land navigation, CASEVAC, recovery operations, and consolidation and reorganization activities.
Rehearse time-phasing the ground CASEVAC route clearance to helicopter landing zones and ambulance exchange points.
Once security is established, CASEVAC and recovery operations are conducted.
I'll never forget the words of the patrol leader over the radio, "OK men, don't let this turn into a CASEVAC drill, continue to focus on killing the enemy.
When the call came over the radio, the TF medics were too far away from the fight to provide a rapid response, so the TF Battle Force commander asked for someone to volunteer for the CASEVAC.
Company command post (CP) practiced at planning and controlling CASEVAC (casualty evacuation) and detainee operations.
Also, task force rehearsals included hasty and deliberate attack, withdrawal plans, CASEVAC plans, and indirect fire plans.
However, poor isolation before the first fire team steps foot in a village will undoubtedly reward the assaulting unit with a CASEVAC validation exercise.
Units are not accustomed to training for CASEVAC and MEDEVAC operations over such long distances.