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Navy Captain Phillip Purdue, chief of general surgery and Trauma at the National Naval Medical Center talks with staffers.
Navy Captain Phillip Purdue, chief of general surgery and Trauma at the National Naval Medical Center talks with staffers.
The hectic pace aboard a C-17 as the crew prepares to bring aboard patients for a flight to the U.S. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
The hectic pace aboard a C-17 as the crew prepares to bring aboard patients for a flight to the U.S. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
The crew and passengers leave the hold of a C-17 plane. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
The crew and passengers leave the hold of a C-17 plane. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
C-17 Planes lined up at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, ready for duty. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
C-17 Planes lined up at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, ready for duty. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
Flags fly at half staff at Ramstein Air Force Base. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
Flags fly at half staff at Ramstein Air Force Base. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
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General John Owen (Right Center), discussing mission with Col. Bruce Guerdan (Left Center) and TSGT Jodie Nitz (Left). (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
General John Owen (Right Center), discussing mission with Col. Bruce Guerdan (Left Center) and TSGT Jodie Nitz (Left). (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
The CCATT for the 1st Air National Guard Mission, Left To Right General John Owen, Colonel Bruce Guerdan, TSGT Jodie Nitz, Lt Colonel Dave Worley.
The CCATT for the 1st Air National Guard Mission, Left To Right: General John Owen, Colonel Bruce Guerdan, TSGT Jodie Nitz, Lt Colonel Dave Worley.
Heroes Highway Line forming up at the rear of a C-17. Patients bound for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center are about to be off-loaded. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
Heroes Highway Line forming up at the rear of a C-17. Patients bound for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center are about to be off-loaded. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
The Nose of Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 after landing at Andrews Air Force Base. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
The Nose of Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 after landing at Andrews Air Force Base. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
A small Space-A passenger passes some time with a crew member about CCATT flight. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
A small "Space-A" passenger passes some time with a crew member about CCATT flight. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
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The hectic pace aboard a C-17 as the crew prepares to bring aboard patients for a flight to the U.S. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
The hectic pace aboard a C-17 as the crew prepares to bring aboard patients for a flight to the U.S. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
Sgt. Mike Barrett holds a photo of the deadly IED blast that nearly killed him in 2004. (WTOP PhotoJ.J. Green)
Sgt. Mike Barrett holds a photo of the deadly IED blast that nearly killed him in 2004. (WTOP Photo/J.J. Green)
Marine Cpl. Tarkett, left, and 1st Sgt. Barrett greet each other at the National Naval Medical Center. Both were transported by medevac at one point. (J.J. GreenWTOP Photo)
Marine Cpl. Tarkett, left, and 1st Sgt. Barrett greet each other at the National Naval Medical Center. Both were transported by medevac at one point. (J.J. Green/WTOP Photo)
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