Air Force evacuates injured ABC News team to Germany
By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Mattox, Air Force Print News
/ Published July 01, 2008
SAN ANTONIO -- A C-17 Globemaster III from the 172nd Airlift Wing and medical personnel from the 791st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron evacuated a wounded ABC news team from Balad Air Base, Iraq, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 30, for treatment at the nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
ABC news anchorman Bob Woodruff, co-anchor of "World News Tonight," and his cameraman, Douglas Vogt, were wounded when the Army convoy they were traveling with was attacked near Taji, Iraq, Jan. 29.
At Ramstein Air Base, Airmen from the 435th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility met the C-17 aircraft and transported the patients by bus to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The patients are in the intensive care unit and listed as serious but stable condition, said Marie Shaw, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center spokesperson.
"They are under the care of our trauma and critical care team that we have up there, undergoing further evaluation ... the next few days and weeks really will be important to determine how they do," said Army Col. Brian Gamble, commander of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
The 172nd Airlift Wing, an Air National Guard unit from Jackson, Miss., regularly flies aeromedical evacuation missions in and out of Germany.