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Lewis-McChord pilots get injured NYT photographer from battlefield to hospital

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2010 at 11:03 am |
October 28, 2010 11:03 am

A reserve aircrew stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week lifted a wounded New York Times photographer from Afghanistan to a military hospital in Germany, where he was treated for injuries he suffered when a land mine exploded  while he was documenting an Army unit in Kandahar.

The C-17 Globemaster III Reserve aircrew arrived at Bagram Airfield Oct. 24 on a mission delivering equipment from the Army’s 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Joao Silva, the photographer, was injured four hours later.

Silva kept shooting his camera after the explosion, according to the Air Force and accounts in the New York Times.

An NYT photo editor reached Silva by phone yesterday. “I’m good, baby,” he told her, The Times reported.

He was among 39 patients the C-17 crew from the 97th Airlift Squadron carried to Ramstein Air Base. They received care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

“This is another instance of one of our worldwide C-17 and aeromedical aircrews doing whatever it takes to get the job done,” said Lt. Col. Greg Wittman, 97th Airlift Squadron C-17 instructor pilot.

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