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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).
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Today, we honor the accomplishments of the Soldiers of DUSTOFF Europe.
The deployed Soldiers of DUSTOFF Europe include two forward support MEDEVAC teams in Afghanistan, the area support team in Iraq and a company headquarters, and maintenance and flight platoon in Kuwait.
In October 1987, the 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) became an official member of the "DUSTOFF Europe" team as a separate company under the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
As proud members of the DUSTOFF Europe team, all of the air ambulance companies remained decisively engaged in both training and deployments.
The operational tempo of all DUSTOFF units remains relatively unchanged.
The battle-proven unit redeployed to Wiesbaden, Germany, in February 2004, further enhancing their mark on the DUSTOFF legacy.
Several of the deploying crewmembers consisted of volunteers that had only recently returned from combat operations in Iraq, demonstrating the incredible nature of selfless service and dedication to duty witnessed daily in DUSTOFF. CPT John Hoffman's team augmented 'Afghan DUSTOFF' a team from the 68th Medical Company (AA) serving in support of OEF and commanded by MAJ David Spero.
The mission is not over in Afghanistan, with DUSTOFF crews flying an average of 100 missions or more a month.
Their courageous service and skill further distinguished them as one of Europe's premier Dustoff units and also garnered the crew a Rescue of the Year Award.
Recognizing a dire need for additional MEDEVAC aircraft in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, an urgent request for help went out to all Dustoff companies both stateside and in Europe not currently deployed.
Dustoff from the Vietnam Experience Website viewed on 15 August 2005 at weblink: http:// www.vietnamexp.com/guestpoets/Hutchson/dustoff.htm.
(5.) Dustoff Association, DUSTOFFer Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2001, "Rescue of the Year," 2001.