Michael's Dispatches

VIDEO: Firefight While Waiting for MEDEVAC


07 December 2012

This video apparently was made by a helmet cam.   It shows normal combat in Afghanistan.  Similar scenes have unfolded thousands of times during the war.  This underlines why so many people are serious about removing the red crosses from Dustoff MEDEVAC helicopters, and adding machine guns.  At minimum, the red crosses which alert the enemy that helicopters are unarmed, should be removed.

Note: My website has been coming under frequent attack.  This has been occurring since running afoul of certain milbloggers.  We have no evidence that the milbloggers are involved.  The coincidences are large.  They have demonstrably and irrefutably attacked in other ways.  We are aware of the matter and working the issue.

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    Elaine · 8 years ago
    Three Allahs And You're Out!

    Take a look at the 20-seconds video, but read this first.

    The cameraman is filming his friend as he praises Allah and launches mortar shots at British troops. Little does he know that current mortar shell tracking technology can track the trajectory of a hostile round and fire a retaliatory shot to precisely the spot from which the hostile shell was fired. This only requires the hostile mortar to fire 2 to rounds.

    Count the number of mortar rounds the masked insurgent fires in the video. See how well it works. If you listen carefully you can hear the single round from the American artillery fired in the distance. It comes just after the terrorist fires his third round and his fourth round drops down the tube but that's as far as it gets.

    No more "Allah Akbars" from THIS source! Isn't technology wonderful?

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    Heath · 8 years ago
    Okay, what really hit home was the combat boot was still on the field in the middle of a firefight. Our troops need armed flying ambulances. I saw the Cobra helicopter flying in the area. I hope that Cobra was peppering the enemy with showers of lead. That could be my cousin laying in the field. That is somebody's family at home statesides. Contact your congress & senate and the POTUS & the Vice-President on these issues. Our American troops should have armed flying ambulances ready to go at a moment's notice without delay.
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    Jercdriver · 8 years ago
    are terrified of the truth. It upsets their cushy applecarts. Keep it going, Michael. Keep it coming.
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    Leyla · 8 years ago
    I was holding my breath and counting the minutes and just praying they would get there fast! If I knew someone who was hurt, it would be hell to wait for help. I can only imagine what these men go through and I have the upmost respect for them all. And yes...the boot standing alone was symbolic...
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    Elaine · 8 years ago
    I was just watching "Black Hawk Down" on Cable.
    I cannot imagine the fear and confusion at a time like that.
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    robin yates · 8 years ago
    real combat can not be replicated by Hollywood!
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    Heath · 8 years ago
    For those not familiar with the military, let's say for example a soldier has died. After the soldiers get back to the military base and get a shower & some sleep if that is even possible. They stand at attention in the morning. There is a ceremony with the boots, the M-16 and bayonet, the soldier's helmet and dog tags. Prayers are said then the casket with an American flag is loaded for the journey home. I really hope the soldier in the video made it home alive and they did not have to do the boots ceremony to honor their friend & battle buddy. This is a very hard ceremony for soldiers to attend. Hope this soldier in the video is alive and doing well at home ? No names are necessary for obvious security reasons as this is a disabled veteran. I think this video really represents why We the American People need to make sure the politicians who make war policy decisions really needs to listen to both the soldier's needs & listen to what the American parents & grandparents concerns about getting U.S. Troops needs met.
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    Lou · 8 years ago
    Despicable!! (Patton's favorite word) I pray for their souls and pray Patton would re-incarnate and lead our military.
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    Elaine · 8 years ago
    This is a short video of What George Patton would say today about the Muslims and Islam:

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    Mikey · 8 years ago
    Nothing in these video's indicate a need for armed medevac helocopters.

    On the contrary the presence of an actual attack helo with the medevac shows why arming them is a BAD idea. Do you really want the medevac to be out clearing the area first? Wasting fuel and attracting fire so a door gunner can lay suppressive fire? Or let the attack bird do that, and the medevac come in hard and fast, focused only on the wounded?

    Do you really want to put the pilot in the position of delay of the evac, but provide fires that might save more lives on the ground? Because that is exactly what will happen in the hot zones you are so concerned about. If its really hot then EVERY weapon counts -- esp a door gunner with a great field of fire.

    And do you trust the leadership to reserve armed helocopters to only medevac when airframes are scarce and missions are plentiful? Seriously? I know we never could keep the division's hands off our 'scout' cobras -- no matter how much doctrine says they belonged to the cav for recon, the tempation to use them on 'critical' combat missions was too much.

    The concern for having fire support for the medevac is best solved by getting the escort choppers able to scramble as fast as the medevacs. And let the medevac's focus on the casualties, not the fight.
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    Andrew · 8 years ago
    I have to agree with Mikey on this. I’ve flown three combat tours as a Dust-off command pilot and the last thing I would want is my back seaters looking out 100- 00 meters searching for targets to light up and not looking down at the landing zone to help clear the aircraft through the unreal dust that we land in over there. Not to mention that I’ve have our bacon saved more than once by a back seater who say an IED in the dirt just before landing on it.

    Two things to note about the video. First, though they had already called in their 9-line, yet several minutes later they are asked for the MIST report to add to the 9-line. This request often comes from the Medical Regulating Officer (MRO) who tasks the request out to the supporting aviation asset. At this point, the mission hasn’t even been approved, meaning it is delayed because the guy pushing assets wants more information. In other words, the bureaucracy of the process has the launch bogged down. The mission is requested by the ground guys, then passed to their battalion who enters it into MiRC chat, then it goes to the division where the MRO sits and decides who should take the mission, and where the patient will go. After that, it is sent to the aviation brigade and evaluated for risk and intelligence data by a battle captain and his staff to determine who should approve the risk of the mission. Once approved by an Aviation Branch LTC or COL, then do the the Dustoff or Pedro folks get clearance to launch. The second thing to notice is the continuous requests for AWT (Air Weapons Team) requesting support. Problem is, these assets are limited, so not always available. This is why medevac crews are delayed 99% of the time as the Aviation Branch leaders don’t want to send any UH-60 aircraft (armed or not) into a high risk area where they may be shot at without gunship cover to respond. This applies to Army UH-60s and CH-47s, not just Medevac. There are the two real issues in all of this. Red tape in mission launch approval slows missions and shortage of gunship support.
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    Jack E. Hammond · 8 years ago
    Dear Mr. You

    This link will take you to the helicopter Sikorsky has developed already based on the same helicopter the US Army used in Afghanistan for medi-vac. They can be bought in the Battlehawk version or older UH-60L converted in the field.


    Jack E. Hammond

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