My friend PJ McClure from the Mindset Maven posted last week for Veteran’s day. It really shifted my thinking as to how many nurses are flying in those same Black Hawk helicopters. Click the link to read PJ’s full post.I also shared the post below) As I was started my shift at the hospital a group of students came in with their instructor. One of the students shared with me she has been reading this blog, and then we connected on facebook. As I looked at her pictures I noticed she was in a army uniform in flight gear. She had served our country as a medic.
I could not wait to speak to her again and thank her for the time she served. She blew it off like it was not a big deal… it was. She is a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, she is a nurse. Thank you Pam I appreciate you.
As the night began, the staffing for the shift came and in, once again another veteran, now a nurse. Although he was not a nurse when he served his time in Afghanistan – he is our veteran that we appreciate for his time served. He was a lucky one – he came back in one piece in the physical body but the memories will never leave. He is a husband, a dad, a brother, son.
“The bullets were so close, I could hear them pinging off of the rotors.”
The rotors were those of the Black Hawk helicopter piloted by Capt. Robert McDonough of the 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. The bullets were provided by up to 40 Taliban insurgents who had pinned down a German platoon in a remote area of Afghanistan.
On April 2, 2010, Capt. McDonough and 13 fellow members of the 12th CAB were conducting a medical evacuation of 11 German soldiers, wounded in the attack. Against advisement, the members of the 12th CAB flew into extremely hostile conditions to do all they could to save their German brothers. Eight trips in to and out of heavy fire rescued all 11.
Their evacuation is now called the Good Friday Mission in some circles.
Just in case you’re thinking, “well that’s just what soldiers do,” I want you to know that those 14 members of the 12th CAB received Gold Cross medals from Germany. They are the first non-German soldiers to ever receive the distinction. This was, and always will be, a special event.
Think for a moment about what it took for them to make such a feat possible.
- Human nature alone makes it difficult to put your life in danger. Everything about us is designed for self-preservation.
- Reaction time was next to none and they had no opportunity to strategize. They had to go NOW!
- Everything about this mission, about the lives of every soldier, is an exercise in service and is based in mindset.
Soldiers are called. In this day and age, most of them have a choice as to whether or not they will answer. They do.
Yes, they are trained extensively in the physical nature of their new world. Engineering, precision, and execution. But that physical representation of the life of a soldier is, in my humble opinion, the smallest percentage of what makes a soldier special. The physical acts are only an extension of the stability of their mindset. Written by PJ McClure
Thank you Veterans with out you … I could not be writing this
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