446th Reserve flight nurses serve in honor of fallen loved ones … and country

By 446th PAO on March 1, 2011

MCCHORD FIELD, Wash.- They serve so others may live. They serve together as Air Force Reserve flight nurses because they both lost loved ones in war and hope they can save families from the same pain they suffered.

They are Capt. Beverly Davidson, native of North Bend, Wash. and 2nd Lt. Noel Carroll, a Des Moines, Wash. resident, both with the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here. Captain Davidson returned to service after a 12-year absence. Lieutenant Carroll joined two years ago.

Captain Davidson's former husband, Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, an Air Force pararescueman, was killed in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan in March 2003. Lieutenant Carroll's brother, Staff Sgt. Timothy Davis, an Air Force combat controller, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in February 2009.

"I was an ER nurse, so I already had the desire to take care of patients," said Lieutenant Carroll, an ER nurse at Highline Medical Center, Burien, Wash. in her civilian career. "When my brother died, I knew I wanted to take care of wounded Soldiers."

Captain Davidson also felt the need to take care of injured troops in honor of her former husband.

"Mike gave his life for the rescue effort," said the ER manager at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Snoqualmie, Wash. "I wanted to come back to the Reserve as a flight nurse when he died. Now that my sons are grown, I'm finally able to do it."

Col. Jan Moore-Harbert, 446th AES commander, shares her admiration for these flight nurses.

"Both of these women are excellent representatives of the type of people who fly aeromedical evacuations," she said.  "It takes strength of heart and mind, dedication to the mission and self sacrifice, which these two strong women have done both professionally and personally. They both have the strength to give back and support a tremendously important mission and are examples for others to look at in times of personal adversities. They demonstrate the Air Force Core Values- especially Service Before Self. I am proud to serve with both of them."

Individuals like Sergeants Maltz and Davis are the ones who are fighting on the front lines in the Afghanistan mountains. Captain Davidson and Lieutenant Carroll are part of the team, which makes sure these troops get back to their families, so they don't have to share their pain.