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Destined to fly

By Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs

In a split second, her entire future was hanging in the balance. One minute she was cutting floor boards for her new house, the next, she was in survival mode as the saw kicked the board up and took her hand with the cut, completely amputating her hand. The only thing running through her mind was to stay calm and focus on saving herself.

“It was crazy how it all happened,” said Capt. Kristin Nelson, 23rd Bomb Squadron pilot. “It’s amazing how much self-aid buddy care helped. I stayed calm and hollered for my husband. I cut off the pressure point, elevated my arm and went in the house and laid on the floor.”

Capt. Kristin Nelson, 23rd Bomb Squadron pilot, prepares to take flight on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 30, 2015. It was Nelson’s first flight back since an accident that amputated her left hand. However, doctors were able to successfully re-attach it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)
Capt. Kristin Nelson, 23rd Bomb Squadron pilot, prepares to take flight on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 30, 2015. It was Nelson’s first flight back since an accident that amputated her left hand. However, doctors were able to successfully re-attach it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

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Continuing Fargo flood coverage from Minot Air Force Base

2nd Lt. Kidron B. Vestal, Deputy Chief of Public Affairs at Minot AFB, sent an update of the continued support being provided by the 54th Helicopter Squadron and other Airmen in Fargo, N.D. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009: 1117 CSTMinot Air Force Base Public Affairs is continuing to cover the flood support mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

“We are staying on to support the efforts of the augmentees that are assisting in personnel shortages at Grand Forks Air Force Base. We are working in the dining facility, our logistics readiness forces are driving shuttles, and our security forces are participating in field missions. We are projected to stay throughout the week and possibly into the following week.” Below are photos from Monday, March 30, 2009 that show the continued devastation in the area.

 

 

 

 

Aboard a UH-1N “Huey,” one of our crews from the 54th Helicopter Squadron at Minot Air Force Base was surveying the area in preparation for any needed search and rescue missions on the Red River. In doing so, we noticed a train frozen in its tracks, due to the flooding of the river north of Fargo, North Dakota.

 

 

 

 

 

While continuing to conduct aerial surveys, we passed by Army National Guard crews placing sandbags on the dike surrounding this home on the Red River, north of Fargo, North Dakota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The F.L.I.R, or Forward Looking Infrared system, is just one of the many tools that our two crews use to facilitate search and rescue operations. The system can detect body heat from flood victims that are not easily seen, making the search missions more effective.

Minot AFB’s 54th Helicopter Squadron assists during Fargo flooding

When the Red River in Fargo, ND began to rise rapidly last week due to fast-thawing snow, members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., began preparing for search and rescue missions as part of an interagency task force. In the past, the 54th Helicopter Squadron has deployed in support of Joint Task Force Katrina and Rita. The 54th brings specialized hoist equipment, a necessary tool for search and rescue in flood conditions, as well as a Forward Looking Infrared System, a high-tech camera with night vision and thermal heat-seeking capabilities. Reports state that the flood waters are easing, but there is still a lot of work and monitoring to do before an all clear can be sounded. Below are some photos (except #1) by Airman 1st Class Joshua Rosales and commentary from Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs from the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — A pair of UH-1N Huey helicopters take off from here March 25 heading for Bismarck, N.D., to assist in disaster relief efforts from flooding the city is bracing for. Eight crewmembers and two helicopters from the 54th Helicopter Squadron are deploying to aid the recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joe Rivera)

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 29, 2009
Today we demonstrated our search and rescue capabilities by showing community members in Hillsboro, N.D., how the Lucas hoist system provides recovery support. We had a crew from the 54th Helicopter Squadron, out of Minot Air Force Base, set up at the Hillsboro Regional Airport. We surveyed the flooding of the Red River and positioned our forces to be available when called upon. The helicopter our crew flew was a UH-1N “Huey”.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2009—2:45 CST

Two of the helicopter crews from Minot Air Force Base redeployed Friday to Grand Forks Air Force Base, to assist in the flood relief efforts. Earlier in the week we went to Bismarck and returned to swap out the crew. Our teams are standing by to provide maximum support. Currently, we may be in place until Wednesday, but a duration until Saturday is also a possibility. When this photograph was taken yesterday, the waters were up a little bit and the wall seemed to be holding. However today, the water has started to seep through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2009—2:50 CST

We continue to survey the bridge along the Red River, monitoring the flooding. We’ve already flown over it and around twice today and will continue so in the search and rescue mission.