Aircraft name now honors a precious payload
National Guard members including the Mississippi Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Harold Cross and Purple Heart Medal awardees including the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Mr. Gordon H. Mansfield unveil nose art on a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III during an aircraft naming and dedication ceremony Nov. 20 at the 172nd Airlift Wing in Jackson, Miss. The wing routinely flies aeromedical evacuation missions from Balad Air Base Hospital, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and then on to Walter Reed Medical Center, District of Columbia. They have transported more then 19,000 patients since its mobilization for the mission in October 2005. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard Bureau)

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