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Combat Hoist

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Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Modesitt, a flight medic for the Colorado National Guard's 2d Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, gets ready to perform his combat hoist during training as Staff Sgt. Michael Scofield, crew chief, watches from their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 9 in Herat province, Afghanistan. The training prepares the crew for any conditions they might come across in retrieving any Special Operations Task Force West personnel needing medical attention in Herat province. The crew is on standby 24 hours a day for day and night operations.
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4256x2832px 2.48 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
Shutter Speed
10/2500 second
Aperture
F/6.3
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Aug 9, 2010, 3:23:59 PM
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bear48's avatar
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cool
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As an ex army lad hats off to all those that serve , not all understand the turmoil inside a lot of these guys heads they face a mammoth task on the front lines and behind the scenes.
what they are doing why they are doing whatever task set before them and is it right - if its not right how do I question my orders.

Regardless a soldiers life if full of sacrifice let it be they're own life or those of another so that others shall live in peace if only for a while

Kudos to the photographer great shot :D adding to my watch list
DanJWilko's avatar
DanJWilkoHobbyist Traditional Artist
As an ex army lad hats off to all those that serve , not all understand the turmoil inside a lot of these guys heads they face a mammoth task on the front lines and behind the scenes.
what they are doing why they are doing whatever task set before them and is it right - if its not right how do I question my orders.

Regardless a soldiers life if full of sacrifice let it be they're own life or those of another so that others shall live in peace if only for a while

Kudos to the photographer great shot :D adding to my watch list
tonyfanatic's avatar
I am intrested in that patch on the helmet. With the cross and crescent moon? What is the meaning behind it?
Beausabre's avatar
It's a Red Cross and Red Crescent. The "Red Cross" is used to mark people and vehicles that claim protection from hostile fire under the Geneva Accords, such as medics and medical vehicles like ambulances. The Red Crescent is a similar symbol adopted by Muslim nations, since they didn't want to have a "Christian" cross on their personnel or vehicles. The Israelis use a red "megan david" (6-pointed star) but opposition from Muslim countries have kept that from being officially recognized. There's also a "Red Crystal" symbol that is officially recognized as a "non-denominational" symbol for people who don't want to offend anyone.
Aleksx000's avatar
Also, India and Sri Lanka have been known to inofficially use Red Swastikas, even trying to get them acknowledged as official symbols. As you might imagine, Germany didnt approve.
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what kind of head gear is he whereing
SteveFranck's avatar
SteveFranckHobbyist Photographer
Flight helmet with the visor and (as far as I'm aware) a helo facemask.
ThunderTheCheetah's avatar
ThunderTheCheetahHobbyist Artist
ok thanks it looked like the SOFD-D helmet
SteveFranck's avatar
SteveFranckHobbyist Photographer
It does look like it, but the parts covering the ears are not just attachments, like they would be if they were the SOFD-D. It's just a subtle difference. ;)
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ThunderTheCheetahHobbyist Artist
oh thanks for informing me
SteveFranck's avatar
SteveFranckHobbyist Photographer
No problem. Grew up around the stuff, so if you have any more questions I may be lurking around... :P
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yea me too my mom was 101st airborne.....Rakkasans was the name of her unit
SteveFranck's avatar
SteveFranckHobbyist Photographer
Isn't that 187 Reg. of airborne infantry? We were with the Air Force at the time. Now we're with NATO.
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LoungedyProfessional Interface Designer
great shot!
noneofurbussiness's avatar
What is the special mouthpeice for?
jmig3's avatar
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It's a face shield :)
BaggitsinBed's avatar
Considering he's a pilot, wouldn't it be a type of breather? I mean he's wearing a flight helmet and all.
Beausabre's avatar
He's not a pilot, he's an enlisted crewman, and in this case, a medic. They give his rank as Sergeant. In the Army, the only people that pilot are officers or warrant officers.
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jmig3Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, the purpose of the shield is to make communications better when in a helicopter, normally a helicopter's cabin does not depressurize like in a fighter so, it's only for comms enhancement.
BaggitsinBed's avatar
Actually yes that makes much more sense lol, thank you.
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Anytime :)
noneofurbussiness's avatar
Interesting, what is the huge benefit to that? Must be something somewhat new because I'm used to seeing people just wearing the helmet and eye protection, without that mouth face shield part.
jmig3's avatar
jmig3Hobbyist General Artist
Not much it just protects you from facial injury and enhances voice communication quality.
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