Freelance reporter Michael Yon has written a hard hitting blog post on US Army Medevac Doctrine. It can be found here. It is titled "Red Air: America’s Medevac Failure".
Michael's post is about decision making with regard to who would come in and pick up a wounded soldier, Chazray Clark. I thought about Michael using the soldier's name, and hesitated, but in the end followed suit.
Read this short three page report (it is mostly pictures) and get a sense of the fighting and the problem Michael mentions. Sometimes the Army is wonderful and sometimes it can't get out of its own way.
In thinking about this, remember the Army's effort to honor the Geneva Convention and to not misuse the Red Cross. Then think about how the other side couldn't care less. How do we remain true to who we are while still fighting an effective campaign in Afghanistan?
Regards — Cliff
PS: Yes, Michael is "just a writer with a camera, with a small magazine." But, he does have a tip jar. UPDATED
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