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Kentucky Air Guard provides in-flight realism for aeromedical training program

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Maj. Samuel AiKele (left), an anesthesiologist from the 99th Medical Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Master Sgt. James Woods, a respiratory therapist from the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a medical-training mannequin Feb. 11, 2010, while flying over southern Ohio aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. The Airmen were participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Maj. Samuel AiKele (left), an anesthesiologist from the 99th Medical Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Master Sgt. James Woods, a respiratory therapist from the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a medical-training mannequin Feb. 11, 2010, while flying over southern Ohio aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. The Airmen were participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Members of an aeromedical evacuation team from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., prepare to board a C-130 on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Feb. 11, 2010. 1st Lt. Leann Hisle (left), second flight nurse; Staff Sgt. Tiffany Taylor (center), second aeromedical technician; and Capt. John Camacho, flight nurse instructor, will reconfigure the aircraft for aeromedical simulations to be conducted over the skies of southern Ohio as part of a U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. The Airmen, all assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, also will provide aeromedical evacuation support for six students scheduled to participate in the course. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Members of an aeromedical evacuation team from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., prepare to board a C-130 on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Feb. 11, 2010. 1st Lt. Leann Hisle (left), second flight nurse; Staff Sgt. Tiffany Taylor (center), second aeromedical technician; and Capt. John Camacho, flight nurse instructor, will reconfigure the aircraft for aeromedical simulations to be conducted over the skies of southern Ohio as part of a U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. The Airmen, all assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, also will provide aeromedical evacuation support for six students scheduled to participate in the course. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Capt. John Camacho, a flight nurse instructor, and 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, second flight nurse, remove a cargo-pallet roller system from the floor of a C-130 on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Feb. 11, 2010. The Airmen, both assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., were reconfiguring the aircraft for aeromedical simulations to be conducted over the skies of southern Ohio later in the day as part of a U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. Most of the C-130's seating and cargo-handling equipment were removed to make room for patient litters and medical-support gear. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Capt. John Camacho, a flight nurse instructor, and 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, second flight nurse, remove a cargo-pallet roller system from the floor of a C-130 on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Feb. 11, 2010. The Airmen, both assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., were reconfiguring the aircraft for aeromedical simulations to be conducted over the skies of southern Ohio later in the day as part of a U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. Most of the C-130's seating and cargo-handling equipment were removed to make room for patient litters and medical-support gear. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- A loadmaster from the Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron gives a pre-flight safety briefing at Lunken Airport here Feb 11, 2010, just prior to an aeromedical training sortie. The mission, which will take place in the skies over southern Ohio, is the capstone experience for six Air Force medical personnel participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- A loadmaster from the Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron gives a pre-flight safety briefing at Lunken Airport here Feb 11, 2010, just prior to an aeromedical training sortie. The mission, which will take place in the skies over southern Ohio, is the capstone experience for six Air Force medical personnel participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team training course. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Students and instructors from the U.S. Air Force's CSTARS-Cincinnati course load simulated patients onto a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 at Lunken Airport here Feb. 11, 2010. The two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course is designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Students and instructors from the U.S. Air Force's CSTARS-Cincinnati course load simulated patients onto a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 at Lunken Airport here Feb. 11, 2010. The two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course is designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- An airborne C-130 offers a dynamic environment for medical personnel who are training to care for simulated patients over the skies of southern Ohio on Feb 11, 2010. Aircraft movement and turbulence pose challenges to physical coordination, engine noise and earplugs make communication difficult, and patient litters consume most of the available workspace. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- An airborne C-130 offers a dynamic environment for medical personnel who are training to care for simulated patients over the skies of southern Ohio on Feb 11, 2010. Aircraft movement and turbulence pose challenges to physical coordination, engine noise and earplugs make communication difficult, and patient litters consume most of the available workspace. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., consults with Lt. Col. David Norton about the care of a simulated patient Feb 11, 2010, while participating in an aeromedical training class over the skies of southern Ohio. Colonel Norton is director of the two-week class, designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing its C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., consults with Lt. Col. David Norton about the care of a simulated patient Feb 11, 2010, while participating in an aeromedical training class over the skies of southern Ohio. Colonel Norton is director of the two-week class, designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing its C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., checks a simulated patient's saline solution while airborne Feb 11, 2010, as 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, a flight nurse from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., observes. Captain Starks was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., checks a simulated patient's saline solution while airborne Feb 11, 2010, as 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, a flight nurse from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., observes. Captain Starks was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Dino Quijano, a nurse from the 60th Inpatient Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., prepares simulated narcotics for a training mannequin while airborne Feb 11, 2010. Captain Quijano was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Dino Quijano, a nurse from the 60th Inpatient Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., prepares simulated narcotics for a training mannequin while airborne Feb 11, 2010. Captain Quijano was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Instructors at the U.S. Air Force's CSTARS Cincinnati program teach a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Instructors at the U.S. Air Force's CSTARS Cincinnati program teach a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Master Sgt. James Woods (left), a respiratory therapist from the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Maj. Tiffany Ingham, an anesthesiologist from the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a medical-training mannequin Feb. 11, 2010, while flying over southern Ohio aboard a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130. The Airmen were participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing its C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Master Sgt. James Woods (left), a respiratory therapist from the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Maj. Tiffany Ingham, an anesthesiologist from the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a medical-training mannequin Feb. 11, 2010, while flying over southern Ohio aboard a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130. The Airmen were participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing its C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., notes the vital signs of a simulated patient while airborne Feb 11, 2010, as 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, a flight nurse from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., observes. Captain Starks was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Capt. Marsha Starks, a nurse from the 633rd Air Base Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., notes the vital signs of a simulated patient while airborne Feb 11, 2010, as 1st Lt. Leann Hisle, a flight nurse from 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., observes. Captain Starks was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Col. Todd Carter (left), an Air Force medical instructor, helps Capt. Dino Quijano annotate patient records during an aeromedical training exercise over the skies of southern Ohio on Feb. 11, 2010. Captain Quijano, a nurse from the 60th Inpatient Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Col. Todd Carter (left), an Air Force medical instructor, helps Capt. Dino Quijano annotate patient records during an aeromedical training exercise over the skies of southern Ohio on Feb. 11, 2010. Captain Quijano, a nurse from the 60th Inpatient Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Maj. Tiffany Ingham, an anesthesiologist from the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., discusses patient care with an instructor while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 over the skies of southern Ohio Feb 11, 2010. Major Ingham was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Maj. Tiffany Ingham, an anesthesiologist from the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., discusses patient care with an instructor while airborne in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 over the skies of southern Ohio Feb 11, 2010. Major Ingham was participating in a two-week Critical Care Air Transport Team course designed to provide medical personnel with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. Ground training and simulated-flight training are conducted at the University of Cincinnati, one of four Air Force Centers for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) nationwide, but the final day of instruction is provided during actual flight in a Kentucky Air Guard C-130. Kentucky's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CSTARS training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force by Maj. Dale Greer)

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.