Health & Safety

August 16, 2013

Flight medicine keeps pilots fit-to-fly

Tags:
Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron aerospace medicine technician, takes the vitals of Capt. George Normandin, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, Aug. 9 at flight medicine on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen with the 56th AMDS are responsible for ensuring all aviation-associated personnel are taken care of medically.

To ensure the mission at Luke Air Force Base is successful, it is not only critical to take care of the aircraft, but also the Airmen who fly and control them every day.

Airmen with the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron are responsible for ensuring all aviation-associated personnel are taken care of medically.

“We are responsible for reviewing all the duty limiting conditions on base as well as making sure all the pilots are healthy and fit to fly aircraft,” said Tech. Sgt. Charles Pickett, 56th AMDS independent duty medical technician. “We also take care of air traffic controllers and weapons directors.”

Personnel go to the clinic for an array of reasons which include obtaining approval to return to flying status, being temporarily removed from flying status because of certain medications or medical conditions or because they need to get an off-base referral, said Airman 1st Class Steven Berta, 56th AMDS aerospace medicine technician journeyman.

Although small, the clinic is equipped to handle a plethora of medical concerns and issues.

The clinic staff is capable of doing minor surgeries including removal of moles, cysts and treatment of second degree burns, Pickett said.

It is staffed with four flight surgeons who are trained to meet the medical needs of pilots and their family members.

“To fully understand what a pilot goes through physically during a flight, flight surgeons are required to go on familiarization flights at least once a week,” Berta said. “These flights vary from basic fighter maneuvers and regular ground sorties to air-to-ground sorties.”

Flight medicine also plays a vital role when an incident occurs requiring personnel to receive emergency medical attention.

“When an aircraft crashes, for example, we are responsible for taking care of the medical investigation piece and to make sure everyone involved in the incident is in good health,” Pickett said. “We run medical exams on each person and investigate any medical issues that may have come from the incident.”

The Airmen in flight medicine take pride in what they do, Pickett said.

“What differentiates us from other areas of medical is we have the opportunity to get to know the person not only medically but personally because we have a smaller number of patients,” Pickett said.

“We know their call signs, spouses and children just as much as we know what medications they should and should not be taking. We try our best to take care of as much of their medical needs in-house as possible.”

Flight medicine personnel are responsible for taking care of the health of approximately 1,200 Airmen, their spouses and children.

“We are vital to Luke’s mission because we keep the pilots, controllers and all other personnel healthy,” Pickett said. “It is our duty to educate pilots on ways to prevent physiological events that may cause an aircraft mishap due to medical issues.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Ho...
 
 

Everything I need to know about leadership, I learned …

I am sure you’ve heard of, or even read, Robert Fulgham’s best-selling book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Fulgham’s text resonates with many for the simplicity with which he describes “how to be a person.” Leadership in the 21st century Air Force is a much discussed topic, and one can...
 
 

Which one are you?

Have you ever worked for someone you felt was impossible to deal with? How about someone who you simply tolerated? Or have you worked for someone you actually really wanted to work for? What was your work environment like, and what was the attitude of the people among the different types of bosses? Let’s be...
 

 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and...
 
 

News Briefs May 15, 2015

Leadership Gold Members of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence are visiitng Luke to present Dr. John Maxwell’s Leadership Gold, which grows leaders and fosters teamwork, at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 in the Navy Operational Support Center, Bldg. 300, Room 412. Open to civilians and all ranks of enlisted and officers....
 
 

AF announces senior selects

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: 61st Fighter Squadron Heather Hefner 56th Maintenance Group Christian Brandon 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Paul Branstetter and Brian Leonard 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Andres Vasquez 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit William Jennings 310th AMU John Taylor 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Tommy C...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin