Figure 7-2. Medical Air Ambulance Company.
a. Company Headquarters. The company headquarters includes the company
commander, first sergeant, and other personnel who perform the administrative, food
service, and supply functions. The company normally establishes itself in an area that
is centrally located in relation to its subordinate platoons, in the immediate vicinity of a
field army medical installation, and as close as practicable to its parent (brigade/group)
headquarters. It may be organized functionally into sections of command and
administration, food service, and supply and motor maintenance. The company
commander is responsible for command, administration, and discipline of the unit. One
helicopter is authorized company headquarters.
b. Flight Operations Platoon. The primary function of this platoon is to plan
and direct company operations in accordance with the commander's policies. It also
coordinates the company's individual and unit training. It consists of a platoon
headquarters, and an airfield service section. The platoon normally operates in the
vicinity of the company headquarters. The platoon leader is the flight operations officer,
and he also acts as the company commander's executive officer. He supervises the
operation and training of the company, thereby allowing the company commander to
concentrate on the employment of his unit to accomplish its assigned mission. During
combat, the operations officer maintains liaison with the brigade/group headquarters,
hospitals, and the medical channels of major commands supported concerning the need
for aeromedical evacuation. He makes recommendations to the company commander
pertaining to the employment of the air ambulance platoons. The airfield service section
provides refueling, parking, and mooring service.