HANGING IN THE BALANCE - When an Airman suffers a severe head injury deep in the forests, Wash., it’s up to an Air Force helicopter crew to pluck him out of the wilderness to get him to desperately needed emergency medical care

Capt. Ashly Barnes, 36th Rescue Flight standardization and evaluation liaison officer, prepares a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter for take-off at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., April 5, 2013. Barnes received the 2012 Air Education Training Command Aviator valor award for distinguishing herself as a pilot during a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)

PHOTO BY: Airman st Class Janelle Patio
VIRIN: 130405-F-ES117-016.JPG
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