"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"

USAISR Burn Flight Team


USAISR Burn Team Worldwide Missions


History & Mission

Since 1951 the U.S. Army Burn Flight Team has provided worldwide assessment, evaluation and treatment of casualties sustaining thermal injuries related to both combat and non-combat-related events. Not since military operations in Vietnam has the military experienced the number and severity of burn trauma casualties now attributed to recent missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.


The United States Army Burn Flight Team provides worldwide assessment, treatment, and transport of military personnel sustaining thermal and non-thermal trauma. Since US military operations began in Iraq March 2003, the Burn Flight Team performed 94 overseas missions specifically related to ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The team transported critically injured burn and trauma patients by air from the U.S. military hospital in Germany to the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) Burn Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Burn Flight Teams are comprised of the personnel who work daily in the only Burn Center with in the Department of Defense.

Burn Flight Team Makeup

Each Burn Flight Team is comprised of five active duty Army personnel, each of whom works daily at the Burn Center in the Burn Intensive Care Unit. A board certified or board eligible General Surgeon with additional training in burn and surgical critical care serves as the team leader. The lead flight nurse is a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) with significant experience working in the BICU. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), also critical care trained and assigned to the ICU, serves as the second flight nurse. Respiratory care is provided in flight by a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) with extensive experience using multiple ventilators. A medical noncommissioned officer serves as the Operations NCO for each mission. All personnel complete the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) course in addition to other duty specific training.

The Burn Flight Team remains ready for deployment within hours upon activation on order by the Commander of the USAISR as needed for support of worldwide missions. The Army’s Burn and Trauma consultants are available 24/7/365: