43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron - History

History

On 1 April 1997, the 23rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron was deactivated and the 43 AES activated as part of the 43d Airlift Wing under Air Mobility Command.

In April 1999, the 43 AES deployed to Tirana, Albania in support of Operation Noble Anvil. As part of Task Force Hawk, AES personnel provided support to Army V Corps. Twenty-seven missions were flown on opportune C-17 and C-130 aircraft resulting in the safe and timely transfer of service members to include one injured security police dog.

On 7 October 2001, The US began its war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom began. Later that month, personnel from the 43 AES, were the first aeromedical forces to deploy overseas. Since January 2003 members of the 43 AES have been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Members of the 43 AES also deployed in support of joint operations related to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005.

43 AES became part of the 43d Airlift Group on 1 March 2011 when the 43d Airlift Wing inactivated.

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