Aeromedical Reservists take shot at Hollywood

446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron part of IMAX experience

By Staff Sgt. Javier Cruz on January 27, 2011

(446th AW PA) - Did you know we have movie stars in the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron?

During the summer of 2010, Reservists were deployed to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. where they were met by an IMAX film crew. As it turns out, the Reservists from McChord Field and the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. contributed to the production of a movie being shot in IMAX 3D format all the while conducting their everyday mission.

Reservists spent a day with the film crew getting shots of what the AES does best, preparing patients for transport. They also provided sound bites to the film crew as they read off checklist items into the microphone.

"It was kind of exciting seeing how a film is shot and seeing how art could imitate life." said Maj. Lorenza O'Daniel, 446th AES flight nurse.

This unique opportunity to open the doors to the public will provide a look as to how patients are stabilized and relocated. This exposure is one that provided the flight nurses with an opportunity to share an aspect of the Air Force story that the public very rarely get out.

"I tell friends that I'm a flight medic and they don't understand." said Senior Airman Caleb Heder, 446th AES. "They had no idea there is medical care between the battle field and getting home."

"They don't make the connection between the two, and it will be very cool to show them this production," Heder added.

The movie titled Rescue revolves around disaster relief both on the ground and by air. Rescue captures the dynamics and drama of disaster response, giving the audience an insider's view of a truly remarkable force for good in a world that is increasingly in need of it.

Rescue is currently in production and has a tentative release date in May. It will be available in both 2D and 3D IMAX large film format.