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99th MDG participates in Mercy Air Life Flight exercise

99th Medical Group paramedics prepare to engage in the Mercy Air exercise on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air provides safe, rapid transport by helicopter of critically ill and injured patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

A Mercy Air helicopter prepares to land on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air is a full-service air medical transport system that has served California and Nevada for 25 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

Members of the Mercy Air flight crew make their way off the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air operates 16 helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

A member of the Mercy Air flight crew speaks to Airmen on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air has two bases in Pahrump, one in Mesquite and one in Henderson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

A member of the Mercy Air flight crew speaks to Airmen on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air is owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation, a provider of air medical transport and experienced air medical operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Ishamel, 99th Medical Group paramedic, explores the inside of a Mercy Air helicopter on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. The medical center is in the process of becoming a level 3 trauma center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

A Mercy Air helicopter prepares to land on the helipad at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air consists of pilots, clinicians, mechanics, air communications specialists and support teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

A member of the Mercy Air flight crew speaks to Airmen at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2019. Mercy Air aircraft are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with overlapping service areas of coverage that help ensure a helicopter is readily available for your needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Bailee A. Darbasie)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center conducted a Mercy Air Life Flight exercise March 13 at the medical center’s helipad on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The Mercy Air helicopter touched down near the hospital to simulate a life-saving flight to increase the emergency room staff’s readiness and familiarize them with air transportation procedures.

“The flight helped test our capabilities and allowed our Airmen to practice the procedures required during real life events,” said Capt. (Dr.) Eugene Kang, 99th Medical Group (MDG) physician.

Kang said the exercise was essential to ensure 99th MDG Airmen are prepared for situations they may encounter while deployed.

“Our patients put their lives in our hands and expect us to know what we’re doing and be Confident in our work,” said Kang. “This training keeps us current so if we’re ever in a similar situation down range, we’d be certain of our abilities and more effective.”
 
During the exercise, Airmen had the chance to speak with the Mercy Air flight crew about their experiences and explore the helicopter.

“This was a great opportunity for our Airmen to practice their skills and gain experience,” said Kang.
 

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