Daily Deviation
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Medevac
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Published: November 20, 2011
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U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (4-4 Cav.) talk on
their radios in Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2011. They were calling a Medical
Evacuation for a Soldier who had stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device on a rooftop. (U.S. Army
photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


This was my first true exposure to the war; also my first IED. I was documenting the interrogation of a
Taliban member we had detained when the soldier triggered the IED. Everyone's first thought was that it
was an unannounced BIP (and IED getting blown-in-place by our EOD techs). It was the screams that
alerted us to our fallen comrade. Blood was everywhere. I caught this image as the MEDEVAC bird was
landing at our location. The image of the soldier being carried out on the litter holding his lower leg and his
foot against his chest is something that will never leave my mind. To the man that we nearly lost that day-
you are a hero. Though you made it home under horrid conditions, at least we didn't have to bring you home
underneath a folded flag. Thank you brother.



My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
Image size
1500x1000px 509.62 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/80 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Oct 31, 2011, 11:39:37 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
Sensor Size
9mm
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karmacursed's avatar
karmacursed|Hobbyist General Artist
As a former medic I have called in quite a few Nine Line medivacs. And also has to wrangle up Joes to walk away from the helicopter in one group. :salute:
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tanikel| Photographer
You medics are the ballsiest and best of the bunch.  
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Mikhanator|Hobbyist General Artist
fav.me/d7npt0v « There you are tanikel! It's sadly unfinished but hey, at least it turned out alright hahaha! Thanks again for letting me use your image!
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tanikel| Photographer
Not a problem, it looks awesome!
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Mikhanator|Hobbyist General Artist
:iconomg-blushplz:
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murrball2000|Hobbyist Photographer
The story behind the photo makes the impact that much more.
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tanikel's avatar
tanikel| Photographer
Thanks.  I love hearing stories behind or related to images, they make them so much more special. 
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clippercarrillo's avatar
clippercarrillo|Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD, Kristina. You are all heroes to me.
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tanikel| Photographer
Thank you so much, I appreciate it.  :glomp:
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Shadow-Guardian0|Student General Artist
Nice work again! I'm so glad people realize the important work you do. :D 
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tanikel's avatar
tanikel| Photographer
Thanks, though it doesn't always feel important. 
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Shadow-Guardian0|Student General Artist
It is, trust me. Even if it doesn't feel it. At least, I think so.
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SgtSareth's avatar
Thank you for sharing this.

(Former) SSG Hinton, 10th Mtn. Div, OEF IV & OEF VII.
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tanikel| Photographer
Thank YOU for serving. 
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D-Goldenheart|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. And Great picture. Keep up the great work, and I hope to see more deviations from you in the future! Bye-bye!
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tanikel| Photographer
Thanks!  Unfortunately, I'm being forced to take a break from tactical photography for the next few years.  =/
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D-Goldenheart|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm sorry to hear about that man... But thank you for making these photos reach out to the public. So... Thank you very much.
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tanikel| Photographer
It happens, unfortunately.  I'll be teaching the next generation of COMCAMs.
But thank YOU for the support.  It really keeps me going. 
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ArtisticAxis's avatar
Takes balls to do photography in combat zones. Props.
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tanikel| Photographer
Thanks.  Strange as it sounds, I love doing it. 
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bob4123's avatar
well done to the us soldiers killing dem Taliban but also killing more civilians in fact. 
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tanikel| Photographer
Honestly, we do our best to avoid harming civilians.  =/
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bob4123's avatar
nah i mean america dosent need to invade these countries, they should focus more on their economy as its going shit rather than caring about afhanistan, syria and crimea
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EnaiSiaion's avatar
Perhaps, but don't blame the soldiers for that.

Not sure why the Crimea is thrown in with the rest. Uncomfortably, there was a referendum and the Crimean people voted to return to Russia. At this point the NATO has to choose between coming across as weak (Chamberlain's disastrous appeasement politics aren't forgotten yet) and starting a war with Russia while being the villain to the actual Crimeans. Or perhaps the referendum turns out to have been rigged, which would most likely lead to war in Ukraine.

Any outcome is going to suck I'm afraid.
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