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Bandage 33

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Bandage 33, 40x30, oil on panel painting

Bandage 33   Oil on linen   40"x30"

Bandage 33 is of a medevac mission flown out of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Two Reserve Airmen, Capt. Adriana Valadez and Senior Airman Amanda Pena, were deployed to the 651st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Kandahar, and their flight picked up Tech. Sgt. Zach Rhyner, an Air Force combat controller, after he was critically wounded in March 2013.

En route, Rhyner's condition worsened, prompting Valadez to call for immediate diversion into Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The aircraft encountered turbulence upon approach, making it difficult to apply pressure to Rhyner's wounds. Valadez and Pena strapped themselves to the side of the litter, making it possible for Valadez to apply pressure through the landing, taxi and transportation to the hospital. They saved his life.


U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Mark A. Welsh III and Maj Warren Neary