The medical team began loading the first of four patients on "litters," or stretchers, onto the plane. One man, critically wounded in an IED blast, was accompanied by a three-person CCAT (Critical Care Air Transport) team, led by a flight surgeon. This specialist team would stay with him throughout the 270-mile journey to Bagram.
Another four ambulatory patients, or "walking wounded," also joined the flight.
Before long we were lifting off for Kabul. "Let's see if we can make this comfortable for these guys," Jencks told the flight crew, via his headset, as he carefully managed the airplane's ascent.
Later, Jencks described some of the flying challenges posed by AE missions. "With the patients, the priority is care -- the MCD (Medical Crew Director) told me that he wants a soft landing at Bagram, so we're going to try to do everything we can to make that happen."
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