by SSgt Sandra Welch

U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade medic, fills a syringe during a patient transfer in Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Medevac crews typically include two pilots, a nurse, and a crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


The sun was just going down and it gave me warm soft lighting during the flight. The mix of harsh light but deep intense glowing light at the same time gave the medic’s hands a special glow. For me that was the ideal situation. The importance of everything going on and the way the light hit the bottle with her so concentrated in the moment was perfect.