Select students from Canyon Springs High School were treated to the type of job shadow experience that only our military can provide. Our finest, dressed in military fatigues, put on their mentoring hats as students stepped into the bowls of a massive C-17 Globetrotter to observe (more like gawk in awe) how the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) go about the job of evacuation, rescue, and administration of medical aid inside the huge flying machine.The C-17 is used around the world in response to natural disasters, support of combat missions, humanitarian aid and peacekeeping efforts.
Through out the day, which started at 6:30 AM, students watched as the crew performed their flight brief, loaded the aircraft, set up medical equipment, and prepared for simulated patients on stretchers. Anyone who has ever experienced a bumpy commerical flight knows that this type of career is not for the meek - imagine treating patients and handling medical emergencies inside a massive steel tank high above the skies and having to contend with changes in altitude and turbulance! The one-on-one experience enabled the students to speak to the pilots who run these missions and even grab a photo in the cockpit [see pic left]. It was first for the students as well as the crew who stated that they had never hosted students on the plane before! But the experience proved to be a posivite one and IHPC has been invited to bring students again next year! We'd like to give a special thank you to March Air Reserve Office of Public Affairs and Colonel Monsita Faley, USAF, NC Commander, AES, for helping to provide this job shadow experience.