EHS hosting documentary about Army Medevacs Nov. 5

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The documentary “When I Have Your Wounded: The DUSTOFF Legacy,” will be shown at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Pestana Lecture Hall. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished military guests involved in the Army Medevac program.clear graphic
The documentary “When I Have Your Wounded: The DUSTOFF Legacy,” will be shown at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Pestana Lecture Hall. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished military guests involved in the Army Medevac program. 

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Contact: Catherine Duncan, 210-567-2570

To celebrate the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s longstanding relationship with the U.S. Army, the Department of Emergency Health Sciences (EHS) in the School of Health Professions is hosting a special presentation of the documentary “When I Have Your Wounded: The DUSTOFF Legacy.”

The event will be held from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Pestana Lecture Hall located in the Lecture Hall Foyer.

Early Veterans Day presentation
The special showing of this documentary is an early commemoration of Veterans Day, celebrated on Nov. 11. After the documentary is shown, a panel of current and retired military personnel will share their experiences on the frontline and answer questions.

The documentary is a one-hour feature film that tells the story of the Army helicopter medical evacuation for the U.S. Army Medical Department. The film shows the legendary pioneers of Army Medevacs in Korea and Vietnam to the frontline Dustoff missions in the deserts of the Middle East.

Dustoff was the radio call sign given to the first helicopter evacuation unit in Vietnam in 1962. The term Dustoff has become synonymous with life-saving aeromedical evacuation.

Two soldiers in the Army’s flight medic training program at the UT Health Science Center practice their skills on a simulation manikin. Through the program, future flight medics gain advanced knowledge to care for soldiers and civilians.  clear graphic
Two soldiers in the Army’s flight medic training program at the UT Health Science Center practice their skills on a simulation manikin. Through the program, future flight medics gain advanced knowledge to care for soldiers and civilians.  

 

EHS training all U.S. Army flight medics
Earlier this year – after a yearlong pilot project – the Department of Emergency Health Sciences at the UT Health Science Center was selected by the U.S. Army to train all of its flight medics. The Health Science Center was honored to be selected as the sole educational provider to meet this critical need.

The five-year, $8.4 million contract requires the university to provide four Paramedic Certification courses and four Critical Care Transport Courses per year for the flight medics.

Following a welcome by William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center, Lance Villers, Ph.D., associate professor and EHS chairman, will give an overview of the partnership between EHS and the Army to provide this training.

Honored military guests
The film will be introduced by retired Col. Dan Gower, Ph.D., who served as a Dustoff aviator for 18 years and is executive director of the Dustoff Association, a veterans’ organization of former and current Dustoff crew members.

Members of the panel will include:

  • Retired Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, Medal of Honor recipient and a Medevac pilot during the Vietnam Era;

  • Maj. Patrick Zenk, whose late father was a pioneer of the Army Medevac in Vietnam and is now a Medevac who served in Afghanistan; and

  • Sgt. Billy Raines, who currently serves as an Army Medevac.
Both Brady and Zenk are featured in the documentary.

Military personnel who are currently in the nine-month flight paramedic course at the Health Science Center also will be in attendance.

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