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 Lt. Col. Deborah Lehker will present a lecture titled "Six Months with a Critical Care Air Transport Team RN in Afghanistan"
 Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
 National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Carney Auditorium
 
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Lt. Col. Deborah “Lucy” Lehker will present "Six Months with a Critical Care Air Transport Team RN in Afghanistan" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Erfe)
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Former 'Military Nurse of the Year' to speak about Critical Care Air Transport Teams

Posted 11/2/2011   Updated 11/2/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


11/2/2011 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Lt. Col. Deborah Lehker will present a lecture titled "Six Months with a Critical Care Air Transport Team RN in Afghanistan," on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During her presentation, Lehker will speak about her deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) nurse, and the goal of enhancing patient care.

According to Lehker, the CCATT concept provides a flexible, responsive employment, structured en route care for critically ill and injured patients whenever and wherever required from the point of initial treatment to higher level of medical care. They perform ongoing physical assessments, develop and implement plan of care and intervene when emergency conditions occur.

Lehker has served over 15 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and has been activated four times since 9/11 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She currently serves as the Chief Nurse for the 752nd Medical Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

In addition to her master's degree in nursing, she has an advanced practice certification as a wound and ostomy nurse, maintains advanced certifications in trauma, cardiac, burns, and pediatrics nursing, and is certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of her hospital's Emergency Response Team. She is also completing a second Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree.

In 2007, Lehker received the "Nurses Health Care Hero Award" from the Phoenix Business Journal and was named "Military Nurse of the Year" by the March of Dimes.

This lecture, held in the Carney Auditorium, is part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information or special seating arrangements, contact the museum's Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1743.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.



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