Maj. Lisa Skibar: My name is Lisa Skibar. I'm a major in the United States Air Force Reserve based out of March Air Reserve Base California. I'm a CASF nurse; "CASF" stands for "Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility." We're a facility that's usually collocated on the flight line, and our mission is to assure patients are stable and prep them for transport, usually via aircraft.
The daily routine of a CASF nurse can vary depending on how many patients you have in your facility at the time. Your patient load can range from one to 250 patients. Basically, you assure that they are prepped and stable for flight, they have enough medications with them, their dressings are changed, they have antibiotics and that all in all they are stable for flight.
The opportunities that have been available to me in the Air Force Reserve are chances for advancements and certifications, such as trauma nursing care course, advanced life support, ACLS. Those types of opportunities that are not offered in the civilian world for free usually are offered in the Military. In the civilian world you don't get these types of opportunities, say, for instance, learning to drive a two-ton truck in the Kuwaiti desert, or being flown on Chinook helicopters in the mountainous terrains of Peru. As well as being transported on a TDY; we just so happened to be in a refueler and see firsthand how the Air Force Reserve refuels an aircraft in flight. The first benefit to me is the sense of pride knowing that you served your nation, as well as the camaraderie and the friendships that you build throughout the years with your counterparts, and to help others in the world.