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    Major to Be First Air National Guard Flight Nurse Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    Major to Be First Air National Guard Flight Nurse Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    An officer with the Minnesota National Guard is set to be awarded the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during the collapse of when U.S. troops worked frantically to evacuate as many allies as possible as the Taliban took over the country.

    Maj. Katie Lunning, who is assigned to the 133rd Airlift Wing, will be presented with the award Saturday, according to a press release from the National Guard. She'll be the second nurse ever to have earned the award and the first in the National Guard.

    Lunning and her team rescued and cared for at least 20 patients in the aftermath of the attack on Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport, a suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops and at least 160 Afghan civilians.

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    “We were pulling them out as they are getting injured,” Lunning said in a Department of Veterans Affairs press release. “August 26th, when the suicide bomber exploded at Abbey Gate, we were the first [critical care transport team] in. It was the largest medical evacuation out of that coalition hospital ever, and very dangerous on the ground. We had to leave the airplane to go get our patients as well. We took injured Marines and Afghan civilians who really weren't flight worthy, but there was no choice. We just had to get them out of there. So, a lot of medical events occurred…

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