The United States Army is following medical evacuation procedures that are needlessly putting combat infantry members in danger and were a contributing factor in at least one combat death recently, Soldier of Fortune reports.
An article in the magazine’s latest edition by Dalton Fury, former Delta Force Commander and author of Killing Bin Laden is bringing this issue to national attention.
Army regulations require that medical evacuation (medevac) helicopters follow the Geneva Convention by flying unarmed and clearly marked with the ubiquitous red cross. Enemy troops make a mockery of the Convention and are known to purposely target these conspicuous markings. Air Force, Navy and Marine rescue helicopters have dispensed with the red cross, recognizing both the danger and the folly of adhering to a treaty ignored by the enemy.
Army regulation thus requires armed escort for medevac sorties, usually by Apache helicopter gunships. If armed escort is unavailable the medevacs stand down. This can create a dangerous situation for injured infantrymen in need of immediate attention.
These needless regulations played out to deadly effect in Afghanistan recently when Army Specialist Chazray Clark, an IED casualty, succumbed to his wounds. Precious minutes were lost because Medevac helicopters a mere 25 miles away could not find Apache gunship escort. Armed Air Force helicopters were available immediately, but Army regulations specified the Apache.
Read more in Soldier of Fortune, the magazine that has been providing cutting-edge reporting on battlefields across the globe for over thirty-five years.