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86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

The 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (86 AES) is a unit of the United States Air Force. It is part of the 86th Operations Group, 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It is a component of Third Air Force and United States Air Forces Europe of the United States Air Force.


The 86 AES provides operational aeromedical evacuation for U.S. troops in the United States European Command and United States Africa Command theaters using primarily Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, Gates Learjet C-21A and Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The unit is manned by Flight Nurses, Medical Service Corps officers and Aeromedical Evacuation Technicians; as well as medical administration and logistics technicians.


Unit Designations

  • 7416th Medical Air Evacuation Group, 1 July 1954
  • 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group, 8 February 1957
  • Control of the 2d AEG was transferred to the 375 Aeromedical Airlift Wing at Scott AFB on 1 April 1975. It was subsequently renamed to a like numbered squadron.
  • 2d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 1 July 1975
  • 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 16 August 1994
  • Unit Locations

  • Ramstein AB, Germany, 1 July 1993
  • Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 15 September 1958
  • Évreux-Fauville AB, France, 8 April 1957
  • Ramstein AB, Germany, 1 July 1954
  • List of Major Contingency Operations

    86 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Unified Protector
  • Operation Unified Response
  • Operation Joint Endeavor
  • Operation Allied Force
  • The 86 AES provided AE coverage for deployed US and NATO forces. This included the airlift of former prisoners of war Specialist Steven Gonzales and Staff Sergeants Christopher Stone and Andrew Ramirez, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Zagreb, Croatia. They had been captured by Serbian forces while patrolling in the Republic of Macedonia, during Operation Allied Force.
  • Operation Deliberate Force
  • Bombing of USS Cole
  • On October 12, 2000, crew from the 86 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and CCATT team members from Landstuhl Regional Medical launched on C-9 Nightingales from the 75th Airlift Squadron to Djibouti and Yemen. In total 28 Sailors were airlifted back to definitive care in Germany by 14 October 2000.
  • Bombing of the Khobar Towers
  • 2d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

  • Operation Desert Shield/Storm
  • As part of the 1610th Air Division
  • Operation EARNEST WILL
  • Crews from the 2d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and hospital staff from Wiesbaden Military Hospital responded via C-141B and C-9A to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) when it struck a mine while operating in the Persian Gulf. Four of the ship's crew were airlifted to Germany.
  • 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing in Beirut
  • 55 Aeromedical Airlift Squadron

  • Iran hostage crisis
  • Operation Eagle Claw
  • Crews from the 55 AAS were dispatched to care for survivors of the failed operation.

    Major Unit Awards

  • Mackay Trophy
  • Air Mobility Rodeo 2009 - Best Aeromedical Evacuation Team
  • Partnership Building

    Since it is uniquely situated among active duty USAF AE units, the 86 AES participates regularly in partnership building visits with allied nations.

  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • References

    86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Wikipedia

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