SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.,
Hypersonic's recent trip to forward operating bases totaled 19 performances at five locations in 17 days, supporting deployed service members and coalition forces.
At one concert the Airmen of Hypersonic entertained service members of the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team with favorites by Journey,
This crucial mission is led by Air Force Col.
I first met Dr. McCafferty in 2012 when he performed life-saving surgery on my wife, Charlotte, removing a tumor from the middle of her spinal cord. It was an extremely complex procedure. In fact, medical professionals often say spinal surgeries are more difficult than brain surgeries since the spine comprises the "high-priced real estate" affecting movement throughout the entire body.
When I first learned I would be deployed at the same time as Dr. McCafferty, I knew I wanted to try to bring the band to him and his team. It would be one small gesture to say "thank you" for his selfless service in helping others his entire medical career. I will be forever grateful for his expertise in taking care of my wife, and am in awe of the accomplishments of his Bagram team, improving the combat care of fellow service members.
Later in the day, the
"I think it was the most enthusiastic participation we've had since our arrival in the [area of responsibility]," said Tech. Sgt.
Hanshew and the rest of the aeromedical evacuation squadron provide in-flight medical care and evacuation for both critical and non-critical patients. Often referred to as a hospital in the sky, their motto is, "Aerovac brings em' back."
"My goal is to provide our hurt service members with a smiling face and as much comfort as I can, and get them to a higher level of care as safely as possible," said Hanshew.
The same week of the performance, aeromedical evacuation Airmen were busy doing what they do best: saving lives, including a news reporter who had been shot while covering the recent presidential election. Our medical professionals don't often receive the public praise and appreciation they deserve. They are an irreplaceable group of people, and I'm glad the
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