HomeNews

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Airmen with the 22nd Airlift Squadron and 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, California along with Air Mobility Command Airmen onload aeromedical evacuation equipment onto a C-5M aircraft at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois during an AE proof of concept evaluation, Dec. 2, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Teams from the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 439th AES complete a training scenario during a C-5M Super Galaxy AE proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Martin, 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, dons his oxygen mask for a training scenario during a C-5M Super Galaxy aeromedical evacuation proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Airmen offload simulated patients from a bus onto a C-5M aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California during a C-5M aeromedical evacuation proof of concept evaluation at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 3, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Airmen load simulated patients from a bus onto a C-5M aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California during a C-5M aeromedical evacuation proof of concept evaluation at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 3, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Airmen with the 22nd Airlift Squadron and the 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft to depart for Scott Air Force Base, Illinois to participate in an aeromedical proof of concept mission, Dec. 2, 2018 at Travis Air Force Base, California. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Edgar Ramirez, 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, participates in a training scenario during a C-5M Super GalaxyAE proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 6, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Martin, 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, offloads equipment from a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California during a C-5M AE proof of concept evaluation at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 7, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally

U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation Airmen offload simulated patients from a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California during a C-5M AE proof of concept evaluation at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 7, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 15

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ethan Heitner, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy loadmaster, completes a post flight inspection on a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft after an aeromedical evacuation proof of concept flight at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 6, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 11 of 15

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Darren James, left, Air Mobility Command A3 director of operations, talks with Maj. Kevin Simonds, center, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilot, and Maj. Luke Westman, Air Mobility Command A3, while flying a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft during an aeromedical evacuation proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 6, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 12 of 15

U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation team members participate in a training scenario during a C-5M Super Galaxy AE proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 13 of 15

U.S. Air Force Maj. Chuck Williston, Delaware Air National Guard, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, dons his oxygen mask for a training scenario during a C-5M Super Galaxy AE proof of concept flight from Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 14 of 15

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Peterson, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy flying crew chief, climbs a ladder to the top of the aircrafts T-tail to check for ice buildup before a C-5M Super Galaxy aeromedical evacuation proof of concept flight at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

Super Galaxy: AE’s biggest ally
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 15 of 15

U.S. Air Force Maj. Catherine Paterson, 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, directs 375th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen as they load simulated patients onto a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California during a C-5M AE proof of concept evaluation at Scott AFB, Illinois, Dec. 3, 2018. Active Duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the PoC to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all AE crews. If approved and certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

During a cold, gloomy first week of December, total force Airmen teamed up at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to test the capability of the Air Forces largest aircraft to perform aeromedical evacuation during a proof of concept event.

The goal was to establish the C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the universal qualification training program for AE forces. If successfully certified, the C-5M will have the capability to move three times the current capacity in one mission compared to other AE platforms.

The proof of concept event was made possible by recent upgrades to the C-5 making the cargo compartment more suitable for AE operations.

“The engine upgrade allowed the aircraft to produce a lot more power and to use the jet more efficiently,” said Master Sgt. Christopher Boots, 60th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation C-5M flight engineer evaluator. “Another factor was the environmental system received upgrades. We now have better control over the systems, and we’re able to better control the environment (temperature and cabin pressure) that the AE folks would have downstairs in the cargo compartment.”

The C-5M upgrades allowed the proof of concept to work, but the Airmen’s innovation is what made it happen.

“The Air Force as a whole is more interested in using the assets that we have more efficiently and maximizing the capability that we can get out of different airplanes,” said Maj. Kevin Simonds, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M pilot. “I think this is an example of that. It's a priority within the force and in the MAJCOM (Air Mobility Command) as well to try to maximize the way we use the assets that we have.”

With the Department of Defense’s shift to focus on great power competition and maintaining readiness, the C-5M’s greater capability to the AE enterprise could be a game changer.

“It was great to observe, first hand, our Airmen working hard to make innovative strides using our existing platforms to get after a critical mission set,” said Brig. Gen. Darren James, director of AMC’s Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration.  “Last week’s test provided valuable learning as we move forward in evaluating ways to increase our readiness and support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy.”

 The C-5M AE mission not only benefits readiness for any future conflicts it will be a benefit during any future natural disasters.

“Using the C-5 for AE is going to be a pivotal point moving forward because it can be another platform for AE to move troops and also to aid in humanitarian missions and do mass evacuations,” said Maj. Catherine Paterson, 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse. “Just being able to help either troops or humanitarian relief and pitch-in for that makes my job even more exciting and just warms my heart.”

The C-5M and the active-duty Airmen crew traveled from Travis AFB. They were joined in the proof of concept by other active-duty Airmen and civilians from AMC, Scott AFB and the 43rd AES out of Pope Army Air Field, North Carolina. Reserve AE teams from the 439th AES out of Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, and the 433rd AES out of Joint Base San Antonio, Texas also joined them. Lastly, the team included the 142nd AES with the Delaware Air National Guard, making it a total force effort.

This effort allowed for training standardization and boosted readiness for operational missions.

“It's always beneficial to have the total force working together … as one team,” said Paterson. “You always learn new things from working along with people from different backgrounds. You get different ideas, different concepts and you work together with the sole purpose of bringing troops home safely.”

With the proof of concept successfully testing the cargo department as a viable option for AE missions, the AE community is waiting for the Air Force to certify the use of the platform before the C-5M is officially part of their mission.

“We have made a great amount of progress in the last eight months,” said Maj. John Camacho-Ayala, Headquarters AMC branch chief for aeromedical evacuation operations and training. “I think that sometime in the near future we will definitely have a C-5 as part of our arsenal and a part of our weapons systems for the AE enterprise.”

Once all the certifications are completed, the AE community will gain their biggest ally yet with the Air Force’s largest plane.

The importance of having this great ally wasn’t lost on those who participated in the weeks' events.

“I can say yep; I was there at the very beginning of the C5 (AE testing) to help out and to provide input to troubleshoot questions,” said Paterson. “And to get AE on this aircraft hopefully up and running and transporting troops, so that we can do it. I mean there's nothing more rewarding than to look back on your career and say I was part of making history.”

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
The Shooting Stars Drones will launch again at around 10:20 p.m. and we will do another live video stream at that time. Thank you for your patience.
#TeamTravis, As we get closer to tonight’s festivities, what part of the celebration are you most looking forward to? In addition, we’ll also be hosting a bounce house, a beer and wine truck, a hotdog and burger food truck, and an on-site DJ. We will also be allowing families to bring in their own food and water as long as the water is in a clear container. Hope to see you all out there!
#DidYouKnow the United States Air Force has a new Airman Against Drunk Driving app available on the App Store and Google Play? Just another way the U.S. Air Force is committed to #NeverDUI
**Edited for clarification*** #TeamTravis, As weather updates continue to come in, the Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show show portion may not happen. As of now, the show is still happening, but we're monitoring tomorrow's weather on a minute-to-minute basis and will continue to update you all as we get closer to the event. No matter what, festivities are a go! Airmen and the public are still invited to celebrate with bouncy houses, food trucks, a DJ, and a rock climbing wall! Below are maps to the parking areas and entrance for the event as well as the event location.
Due to forecasted high winds, the scheduled July 3 rehearsal, which was open to DoD ID Cardholders, has been canceled. Please stay tuned for more updates as we monitor the weather for the 4th of July event.
#Repost Visit Fairfield, California -- "There are no active fires near Travis AFB or Solano County. . . . Good morning friends! Solano County photographer James Guzzo was up early for the sunrise and captured these images from our hills. The smoke cloud you can see is from a fire burning in Yolo County. There are no active fires near Fairfield and Solano County. #VisitFairfieldCA"
To all of #TeamTravis and our local community, please be safe! For continued updates, please sign up with alertsolano.com to get them sent straight to your device.
"Anything that is an extension of, what I call, America's power, promise, or ideals, is done through logistics and transportation." --USAF Gen. Darren W. McDew, U.S. Transportation Command commander. Travis #Airmen deliver on that promise...anytime, anywhere. And we're proud it. #NoBounds | #TeamTravis
🎶This is ground control to Major Tom...🎶 Always on the cutting edge, #TeamTravis has recently entered into talks with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish a research collaboration leading to advances in medical support for deep space missions as well as warfighters. Read more about Travis' potential role in the future of space exploration in the article below. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | Air Force Times | AFMS - David Grant USAF Medical Center - 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB | U.S. Military | #NoBounds
Congratulations SMSgt Lucero Stockett, 6th ARS, for being named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2018! It is a honor to call you a member of #TeamTravis!
This 4th of July, #TeamTravis is partnering with Intel to put on a #patriotic light show with the help of more than 500 individual drones. Check out the video below and visit our event page, Travis AFB 4th of July ft. Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show, for a taste of what's to come during next week's jaw-dropping spectacle. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | United States | Air Force Times | Military.com | #FourthofJuly ***The DoD does not endorse Intel***
Team Travis Defenders teamed up with #SpecialOlympics athletes to run through Travis AFB and Vacaville, California last week for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.
A KC-10 crew recetly completed a mission in the pacific refueling fighters supporting Exercise RED FLAG-Alaska and strengthening relationships between the USAF and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. To learn more click on the photos below. #NoBounds | #EngagingGlobally | #GotFuel
Not only is 2018 the 75th anniversary of Travis but also the 9th Air Refueling Squadrons #75thAnniversary. The diverse history of the 9th ARS includes operating in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, flying the F-4U Corsair as well as the P-38 Lightning. Click on one of the photos below to see what it means to wear the 9th ARS patch. #GucciPride | #Universal | #Travis75th
This week we salute SrA Steven Fing for being named the #TeamTravis Warrior of the Week. Fing is a Nondestructive Inspection Technician in the 60th MXS. His leadership skills as a shift leader enabled 22 maintenance acts ensuring 620 sorties. #WoW | #Maintenance
#TeamTravis is kind of a big deal in Fairfield, California! On Tuesday during a city council meeting, leadership received a proclamation from the city in honor of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the base. #Servinglocally | #Travis75th
During a recent KC-10 Extender mission, two flying crew chiefs kept the aircraft serviced enabling it to complete a roundtrip journey of more than 9,000 nautical miles and offloaded more than 200,000 pounds of fuel to eight F-15s. #FueltheFight | #RapidGlobalMobility | #NoBounds
The rumors are true! #TeamTravis is celebrating #IndependenceDay with a special light show featuring the Intel Shooting Star Drones. We are opening our gates to the community for this event. Stay tuned for more information! #NoBounds | #PoweredbySpark | #75thAnniversary | AFWERX | Air Mobility Command | Heather Wilson
Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is no stranger to Travis. He has commanded a squadron and a group here in the past. Last Friday #TeamTravis was honored for him to return to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Travis and the 9th ARS. #Travis75th | #NoBounds Check out more images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnD5ga6
#PhoenixSpark, Travis's grassroots innovation program is kindling connections and spreading ideas on their new LinkedIn page! Airmen, community members, and business leaders alike, join the conversation as we deliver tomorrow's tools to the Warfighter today! #PoweredBySpark https://www.linkedin.com/company/travis-afb-phoenix-spark/
This flying Twinkie™️ has a heck of a filling. Check out what it took to fit four UH-60 Black Hawks into one C-5M S… https://t.co/Bj9ipzW7AJ
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Across the globe, #Airmen are doing incredible work for our @USAirForce, the Joint Force & our Nation — Airmen of the…
RT @usairforce: #TotalForce #Airmen team up @ScottAFB with the goal of establishing the C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the universal qualific…
Want to learn how to code? We've teamed w/ @Career_Karma, @_8Heroes & @TwitterStripes to develop #Airmen and help… https://t.co/hGIUywiHZa
#TeamTravis, Per the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron, the scheduled power outage originally set for Dec. 16 is NOW CA… https://t.co/r9ogON6ClF
See what David Grant Medical Center is doing with @CSAF squadron innovation funds. Where technology and patient car… https://t.co/PMPns9viIp
RT @usairforce: Ever heard of a western-style equestrian competition called 'cutting?' Well one @Travis60AMW #Airman is fluent in the sport…
RT @usairforce: .@jointbasemdl Security Forces #militaryworkingdog handlers teamed up with local law enforcement and their K-9's for some t…
Travis chapel team best in Air Force https://t.co/cOlbnYxIei
Military Family Life: The Blakes > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/EMP608KHcz
Check out how the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron upped their game with CSAF squadron innovation funds. Major… https://t.co/VVx3nzkrd4
Sparking ideas, Improving efficiency, Solving problems...It’s all #SquadGoals. It's also part of our efforts to kee… https://t.co/e41pUXKtOK
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Acting as air bridges that enable our joint force to respond anywhere and anytime, it's no wonder why the @SecAFOfficia
RT @PACAF: @Travis60AMW #Airmen loaded equipment on a #JBER C-17 Globemaster III bound for #Saipan in support of #TyphoonYutu recovery effo…
Check out this cool timelapse of our 60th APS Airmen loading aircraft staircases and cargo onto a 517th Airlift Squ… https://t.co/fszWktt9di
“Like Crossfit, but with coding,” Phoenix Spark encourages Airmen interaction through computer skills https://t.co/Vylr2c6v23
RT @DeptofDefense: 👻 #HappyHalloween 🎃! Do aircraft carriers even have candy 🍬🍭? Petty Officer 3rd Class Isreal Cornejo, assigned to #USSTh