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Enroute Patient Staging Facility gets warriors on the road to recovery

Lt. Col. Chris Hull (right), flight commander of the 379th Enroute Patient Staging Facility, leads his medical team during the loading of a stretchered patient onto an ambulance for evacuation July 18, 2016 from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  The team moved 14 patients, including a military working dog, onto a C-17 Globemaster III flight to U.S. military facilities in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Lt. Col. Chris Hull, right, flight commander of the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility, guides his medical team during the loading of a stretchered patient into an ambulance for evacuation July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The team prepared 14 patients, including a military working dog, to be transported on a C-17 Globemaster III flight to U.S. military facilities in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez, a medical technician with the 379th Enroute Patient Staging Facility, carries an Zoll monitor/defibrillator used to monitor the cardiovascular status of a patient and for emergency management of a cardiac dysrythmia and a bag with airway and breathing supplies on July 18, 2016 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Hernandez and the staff of the EPSF prepared a bus to carry 14 patients and a military working dog and his handler transitting through the area of responsibility on their way to advanced care in Germany.  (U.S.Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino/Released)

Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez, a medical technician with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility, carries a defibrillator used to monitor the cardiovascular status of a patient and a bag with airway and breathing supplies onto an ambulance July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Hernandez and the staff of the EPSF prepared a medical bus to carry 14 patients and a military working dog transiting through AUAB to receive advanced care in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jennifer McKendry, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technician, supports a patient during transport July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  The patient was one of 14 military members flown on a C-17 Globemaster III to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care than what is routinely available at deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Staff Sgt. Jennifer McKendry, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technician, supports a patient during transport July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The patient was one of 14 military members flown on a C-17 Globemaster III to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care than what is routinely available at deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

With a high five of reassurance, Staff Sgt. Jennifer McKendry, 379th Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technician, comforts a patient with a on an ambulance July 18, 2016, from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  The Soldier on the stretcher was one of 14 military members, including a military working dog, sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for a higher level of treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Staff Sgt. Jennifer McKendry, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technician, comforts a patient during transit July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The patient was one of 14 military members, including a military working dog, transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to receive a higher level of treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Capt. Mark Burkard, 379th Enroute Patient Staging Facility registered nurse, talks with a member of the aeromedical evacuation team about the patients loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  The patients were enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Germany for a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Capt. Mark Burkard, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility registered nurse, talks with a member of the aeromedical evacuation team about the patients loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The patients were enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

A C-17 Globemaster III awaits the arrival of 14 wounded military members, including  a military working dog, from the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The EPSF team prepared the patients for transport to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

A C-17 Globemaster III awaits the arrival of 14 wounded military members, including a military working dog, from the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The EPSF team prepared the patients for transport to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Military working dog Vvass looks at the camera as he leads his handler Staff Sgt. Christopher Hotine, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, on board a C-17 Globemaster III Germany July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. VVass and Hotine were travelling through AUAB for treatment at a U.S. Army veterinary facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Military working dog Vvass leads Staff Sgt. Christopher Hotine, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, on board a C-17 Globemaster III July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. VVass and Hotine were travelling through AUAB for treatment at a U.S. Army veterinary facility in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Technical Sgt. Erin Trueblood (top left) and Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez, 379th Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technicians, load a patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III July 18, 2016, from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  The patients were enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Technical Sgt. Erin Trueblood (center) and Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technicians, help load a patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The patients were enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care than what is routinely available at deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hotine, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, talks to his military working dog VVass to reassure him as he enters his kennel prior to their medical evacuation July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, via a C-17 Globemaster III to receive advanced veterinary care in Germany. The 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility hosted MWD VVass, Hotine, and several other patients before their flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hotine, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, talks to his military working dog VVass to reassure him as he enters his kennel prior to their medical evacuation July 18, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, via a C-17 Globemaster III to receive advanced veterinary care in Germany. The 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility hosted MWD VVass, Hotine, and several other patients before their flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- In a small building tucked behind the hospital at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, the staff of the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility care for patients from across the region transiting to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, or back to other home station locations to receive a higher level of care than what is routinely available in theater. The EPSF cares for patients for anywhere from a few hours to several days at their 21-bed enroute patient staging facility and move them forward to other locations through their aeromedical evacuation program.
 

But not all of their patients have two legs; some have paws, and they are manifested on medical evacuation missions like the human military members they protect. On the night of July 18, 2016, 14 patients, including a military working dog, were flown from here to get the care they need.

 


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