Kentucky Air Guard provides in-flight realism for aeromedical training program
By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 31, 2010
KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Air National Guard is adding a dose of in-flight realism to the aeromedical training of U.S. Air Force personnel at the University of Cincinnati.
Those personnel attend a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course that's designed to provide doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients.
The course features ground training and simulated in-flight training at University of Cincinnati Hospital, but on the final day of class, students put their training to work with an airborne exercise aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 over the skies of southern Ohio.
"There's nothing like the sights, sounds and smells -- the visceral experience -- of being in the back of a C-130 when you're trying to care for critically injured patients," said Col. Jay Johannigman, a medical doctor, Air Force reservist and chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Cincinnati. "We want our students to experience what that's like."
The University of Cincinnati program is one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills nationwide. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009.