An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | Dec. 18, 2023

New York’s 105th Airlift Wing Flies Overseas Medical Missions

By 1st Lt. Briana Ross, 105th Airlift Wing

NEWBURGH, N.Y. - Airmen of the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing wrapped up four months of overseas aeromedical evacuation missions Nov. 30.

During August and November, 28 Airmen from the 105th flew 17 AE missions for a total of 759 flying hours, transporting 560 patients, 2,040 passengers and 2.1 million pounds of cargo.

Aeromedical evacuation is an Air Mobility Command mission to provide time-sensitive, mission-critical care to patients traveling between medical treatment facilities. The 105th provides a fully crewed C-17 Globemaster III to team up with the 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight to perform in-air medical care. They evacuate patients from Africa and the Middle East to medical facilities in Germany and the United States.

“We’re proud to support a federal mission like this that really makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Fasano, a senior enlisted leader at the 105th Airlift Wing. “It is one of the most rewarding missions out there.”

During the mission, 105th aircrews work alongside Airmen of the 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight to turn the C-17 into a flying hospital. The aircrew manages loading cargo and supplies while the aeromedical evacuation team ensures patients are comfortable.

“Every mission is different,” says Airman 1st Class Dominic Kopacz, loadmaster for the 137th. “Some patients walk on the jet, and some are carried and cared for the entire flight.”

Once patients are picked up, the AE crew cares for and monitors them until they are brought back to hospitals in Germany and the United States for further treatment.

"I remember we evacuated someone who fell and hit their head,” Kopacz recalled. “They were in critical condition, but we were able to fly them to the care they needed. It feels really good when we drop off patients and know we may have saved their lives.”



Related Articles
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing on F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base board an HC-130J Combat King II search and rescue aircraft on F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., during Exercise Agile Rage 2024, Feb. 29, 2024. The combat readiness exercise emphasized the execution of the Agile Combat Employment concept.
Air National Guard Wings Participate in Agile Rage Exercise
By Staff Sgt. Sean Madden, | March 26, 2024
SAVANNAH AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ga. - Almost 200 members of the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, participated in the Agile Rage 2024 exercise at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Georgia Feb...

U.S. Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Pullar, senior enlisted leader for the 105th Airlift Wing's Operations Group, poses with Bataan Memorial Death March medal at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, New York, March 22, 2024. Pullar completed her fourth Bataan Memorial Death March March 16 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
NY Air Guard Chief Completes Memorial Bataan Death March
By Senior Airman Rebekah Wilson, | March 25, 2024
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - “You could feel the energy starting to rise while we were all just standing there,” New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Pullar recalled, describing the anticipation of her...

A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, flies over East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Operator (SEALs), Norwegian Naval Special Operations commandos and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) during an integration exercise to bolster skills in an Arctic environment March 9, 2024, as part of Arctic Edge 24.
New York Air Guard Supports Arctic Edge Exercise
By Tech. Sgt. Madison Scaringe, | March 21, 2024
STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. – Forty-six Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing participated in Arctic Edge 24, a U.S. Northern Command homeland defense exercise demonstrating U.S. military...