2. Army MEDEVAC needed to move away from its unarmed approach when functioning in combat operations. On many occasions U.S. Air Force HH-60s were used for recoveries because of the enemy threat."
(Chapter 9, Again, Into Battle, 2001-2003, http://www.bordeninstitute.army.mil/other_pub/dustoff/Dustoffch9.pdf)
This commment is unpublished.· 8 years ago"[T]wo FSMTs from the 1042d Med Co (AA), Oregon ARNG, replaced the teams from the 50th and 57th. Under the command of Maj. Mathew Brady, the 1042d was ordered into federal service and activated as Operation ANACONDA concluded ... The unit deployed the two FSMTs with six aircraft, crews, and support personnel in late July 2002 to Afghanistan ... Brady deployed with the Afghanistan contingent and located his headquarters at Bagram where he developed an excellent working relationship with the 82d Aviation Brigade that supported his unit. The brigade commander retained launch authority over all sorties, but most often relented when Brady asked for a waiver. Although Brady appreciated the additional logistical, intelligence, and gunship support provided by the linkup with the brigade, he still wanted the unique status of a medical unit versus an aviation unit. On several occasions, his crews had to delay launching on a recovery because it took several more minutes for the AH-64s to prepare for takeoff ... Brady was also ordered to deploy four aircraft, crews, and support personnel to Kuwait. After activation, that contingent departed directly from Oregon to the theater. Two aircraft and crews provided general MEDEVAC support out of Camp Doha, Kuwait, for American forces in that area, and the other two were sent to the Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. The unit was put under Air Force control and directed to remove its crosses so that they could be used for base security surveillance missions."
You just can't make this stuff up.