The increase in rotary lift in Afghanistan has bolstered the ability of medical personnel to bring wounded service personnel to medical treatment facilities within an hour of their injury, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army surgeon general, said Thursday. That span is known as “the golden hour” since the vast majority of wounded troops who arrive at a medical facility within that period will survive. “We’ve followed very closely every [medical evacuation] mission, to ensure that if it extends beyond one hour, it’s because someone’s made a conscious decision to deliver someone to a more appropriate place and it won’t compromise [the wounded warfighter’s] survival,” Schoomaker told the Defense Writers Group on Thursday in Washington, D.C. He also said medics across the services have made significant progress with the initial treatment of battlefield wounds in “the platinum 15 minutes” after they are sustained, thereby increasing survival rates.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…