Peter van Agtmael

American Wars: 9-Line

A medic in a helicopter evacuation unit of the 4th Infantry Division (medevacs) rests in his hooch between missions.  His girlfriend in Texas sent the teddy bear to him, and he had another one hanging in the chopper next to his seat. The medevac mission demands long hours of monotony, waiting in small huts next to the helicopters.  When the call comes in on the ‘9-line’ that there are casualties in their sector, the crew scrambles to the ‘bird,’ usually getting into the air within 10 minutes.  They hurtle to the site of the injury, landing just long enough to take the casualty onboard before flying off to the nearest Combat Support Hospital or Forward Surgical Team.
A medic in a helicopter evacuation unit of the 4th Infantry Division (medevacs) rests in his hooch between missions. His girlfriend in Texas sent the teddy bear to him, and he had another one hanging in the chopper next to his seat. The medevac mission demands long hours of monotony, waiting in small huts next to the helicopters. When the call comes in on the ‘9-line’ that there are casualties in their sector, the crew scrambles to the ‘bird,’ usually getting into the air within 10 minutes. They hurtle to the site of the injury, landing just long enough to take the casualty onboard before flying off to the nearest Combat Support Hospital or Forward Surgical Team.