148th Members Support Operation Continuing Peace

U. S. Air Force Sr. Amn. Alexandra Olson (left), Capt Anthony Valetine and Staff Sgt. Daisha McCuskey all attached to the 148th Fighter Wing, Medical Group, simulate an IV on the METI Man, a new Emergency Casualty Simulator on 30 July, 2008.  Olson and McCuskey participated in training in preparation for their upcoming deployment for Operation Continuing Promise, which is to be aboard the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released)

U. S. Air Force Sr. Amn. Alexandra Olson (left), Capt Anthony Valetine and Staff Sgt. Daisha McCuskey all attached to the 148th Fighter Wing, Medical Group, simulate an IV on the METI Man, a new Emergency Casualty Simulator on 30 July, 2008. Olson and McCuskey participated in training in preparation for their upcoming deployment for Operation Continuing Promise, which is to be aboard the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released)

U. S. Air Force Sr. Amn. Alexandra Olson(left) and Staff Sgt. Daisha McCuskey, Aerospace Medical Services Specialists attached to the 148th Fighter Wing, Medical Group, administer an IV on the METI Man, a new Emergency Casualty Simulator on 30 July, 2008.  The two Airmen participated in training in preparation for their upcoming deployment for Operation Continuing Promise, which is to be aboard the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released).

U. S. Air Force Sr. Amn. Alexandra Olson(left) and Staff Sgt. Daisha McCuskey, Aerospace Medical Services Specialists attached to the 148th Fighter Wing, Medical Group, administer an IV on the METI Man, a new Emergency Casualty Simulator on 30 July, 2008. The two Airmen participated in training in preparation for their upcoming deployment for Operation Continuing Promise, which is to be aboard the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald) (Released).

30July2008 -- Aerospace Medical Services Specialists, Staff. Sgt. Daisha McCuskey and Sr. Amn. Alexandra Olson both from the 148th Fighter Wing will soon board the USS Kearsarge for four months to support Operation Continuing Peace, a humanitarian mission supporting Latin America.

Both members will provide health care to citizens in six different countries throughout the Latin American region. Staff Sgt. McCuskey, a nursing student at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is taking the fall semester off to participate in Operation Continuing Peace. McCuskey said she "is very excited to help people, working with the Navy and the travel". Sr. Amn. Olson, a recent graduate of Lake Superior College said she "looks forward to the new experience and helping people".

148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Col. Frank Stokes said "Operation Continuing Promise is a tremendous opportunity for our Airmen to practice the skills they have learned in the Air National Guard. Staff Sgt. McCuskey and Sr. Amn. Olson will be able to work side by side with service members from all branches to provide medical support to our neighbors in Latin America. Their efforts will make a difference!"

More information on the USS Kearsarge can be found at:

http://www.kearsarge.navy.mil