Unarmed Army MEDEVACs Cost Lives
A Pedro pilot with 420 combat missions worth of experience read this article for accuracy and he responded:
Pedros fly in a two ship formation for several reasons, mutual support, both with fires and mission management, and added capacity. In a dynamic and inaccurate threat environment we may launch on one Cat A, and arrive to discover additional survivors (or, God forbid, Heroes). This happened often, but as an example one of my missions in the "Cat Triangle" SE of Bastion, I was launched to rescue a Brit double amputee. 30 sec from the zone a second IED detonated and rendered a second Brit as a double amputee. Both Pedro's effectively split and worked individual rescues while maintaining each others "back" -- we minimized the time in the zone and got the survivors back as rapidly as possible. In my opinion two armed Dustoffs are better for the fight than one unarmed Dustoff and an Apache.
If the Dustoffs were armed, there would have been no delay. So why does the Army hide behind Geneva Conventions when the Air Force, Marines, and British do not? It’s not about Geneva, but about who controls the Dustoff helicopters. It’s not about the “moral high ground.” The crosses have been used as a crucifix to ward off change.
It is time to arm our Dustoff helicopters. This will serve to protect the helicopter and will allow for speedier evacuations that will help the patient and the troops who must wait in harm’s way for the birds to land.