An Operational Medicine personnel takes the temperature of a passenger boarding in Cameroon. All passengers had a temperature check prior to departure. Photo courtesy of NMAD

Operational Medicine in Action: A Deliberate and Careful Mission

Operational Medicine utilizes Containerized Biohazard Containment Systems, or bio units, to bring contagious patients back to the United States. These high tech units are akin to a flying ambulance, fully equipped with supplies and monitoring devices to care for the patients.

Operational Medicine utilizes Containerized Biohazard Containment Systems (CBCS), or bio units, to bring contagious patients back to the United States. These high tech units are akin to a flying ambulance, fully equipped with supplies and monitoring devices to care for the patients. Photo courtesy of NMAD

An American family living in Cameroon was the first to board the repatriation flight returning to Dulles Airport.

An American family living in Cameroon was the first to board the repatriation flight returning to Dulles Airport. Photo courtesy of NMAD

Diplomats serving at U.S. Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon ensured that an American veteran was able to evacuate with his service dog, who helps him cope with his PTSD.

Diplomats serving at U.S. Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon ensured that an American veteran was able to evacuate with his service dog, who helps him cope with his PTSD. Photo courtesy of NMAD

Children of the American citizen working for the World Health Organization in Brazzaville, Congo return to the United States in a Containerized Biohazard Containment System (CBCS) provided by Operational Medicine.

Children of the American citizen working for the World Health Organization in Brazzaville, Congo return to the United States in a Containerized Biohazard Containment System (CBCS) provided by Operational Medicine. Photo courtesy of NMAD

An Operational Medicine personnel takes the temperature of a passenger boarding in Cameroon. All passengers had a temperature check prior to departure.

An Operational Medicine personnel takes the temperature of a passenger boarding in Cameroon. All passengers had a temperature check prior to departure. Photo courtesy of NMAD

Phoenix Air Group medical personnel (in blue) assisted a family to dress in protective gear prior to boarding a Department of State chartered flight out of Congo. The parents tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire family returned to the United States for treatment.

Phoenix Air Group medical personnel (in blue) assisted a family to dress in protective gear prior to boarding a Department of State chartered flight out of Congo. The parents tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire family returned to the United States for treatment. Photo courtesy of NMAD

To commemorate the multiple evacuation flights out of Wuhan, China, the crew of Kalitta Air created this patch that honors the efforts to bring #AmericansHome in quick succession. The “846” on the nose of the plane refers to the total number of people they evacuated. The numbers of each flight encircle the lower edge of the patch. Gift of Toby Ray, Kalitta Air Loadmaster, to the NMAD Collection

To commemorate the multiple evacuation flights out of Wuhan, China, in partnership with Operational Medicine, the crew of Kalitta Air created this patch that honors the efforts to bring #AmericansHome in quick succession. The “846” on the nose of the plane refers to the total number of people they evacuated from Wuhan. The numbers of each flight encircle the lower edge of the patch. Gift of Toby Ray, Kalitta Air Loadmaster, to the NMAD Collection

To commemorate the multiple evacuation flights out of Wuhan, China, the crew of Kalitta Air created this patch that honors the efforts to bring #AmericansHome in quick succession. The “846” on the nose of the plane refers to the total number of people they evacuated. The numbers of each flight encircle the lower edge of the patch. Gift of Toby Ray, Kalitta Air Loadmaster, to the NMAD Collection

Gift of Toby Ray, Kalitta Air Loadmaster, to the NMAD Collection

Repatriation Spotlight: Operational Medicine

Operational Medicine has a worldwide mandate to support evacuations and respond to crises on short notice. Op MED, in coordination with interagency and private sector partners, quickly developed a logistical framework to safely evacuate potentially infected Americans from Wuhan, China in January 2020. This initial successful mission quickly became an ongoing mission that continues during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Members of NMAD’s staff had the extraordinary opportunity to accompany The Guardians on their mission to Brazzaville and Yaounde from April 23-25, 2020. During this trip, NMAD staff collected unique artifacts and captured imagery and video footage that show the tireless behind-the-scenes efforts of all the partners involved in these missions. Collecting in “real time” enables NMAD to fulfill its unique mission to preserve and tell the stories of the history, practice, and challenges of diplomacy.

To commemorate the multiple evacuation flights out of Wuhan, China, in partnership with Operational Medicine, the crew of Kalitta Air created this patch that honors the efforts to bring #AmericansHome in quick succession. The “846” on the nose of the plane refers to the total number of people they evacuated from Wuhan. The numbers of each flight encircle the lower edge of the patch.