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Deployable Oxygen System (DOS)

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A. Overall Mission Area. In accordance with AF Policy Directive 10-21, Air Mobility Command AMC is designated lead command for Aeromedical Evacuation AE. As lead command, AMC provides evacuation of sickinjured patients, in peacetime and contingency operations, under the supervision of qualified medical crewmembers via fixed wing aircraft. The Air Force Medical Service AFMS mission includes provision of ground-based medical support for the full spectrum of medical care in deployed scenarios, including wartime operations, deterrence and contingency operations, peacetime engagement, crisis response, and Humanitarian Relief Operations. Air Combat Command ACC provides the Medical Equipment Force Package MEFPAK for this role. The AE and ground-based medical missions require medical support systems capable of providing therapeutic oxygen and operating oxygen-driven equipment in-flight and on the ground. The current methods employed to meet these requirements include use of the Portable Therapeutic Liquid Oxygen System PTLOX or high-pressure oxygen cylinders. The PTLOX is becoming logistically unsupportable. The advancement in the aircraft On-Board Oxygen Generation Systems OBOGS has significantly decreased the forward availability of Liquid Oxygen LOX resupply. The AFMS can no longer depend on line support for LOX and therefore must generate its own. The Deployable Oxygen System DOS program is supported under the USAFSG Mission Need Statement MNS, USAF 003- 96, Aeromedical Evacuation Advanced Capability. AMCSOs decision to retain use of the LOX storage vessel is based on insufficient power availability on most aircraft to operate gaseous oxygen generators with adequate capacity to meet mission requirements. More efficient LOX storage vessels would significantly reduce boil-off loss and improve mission capability. Additionally, AMCS3 desires its own portable LOX filling station to support use of the improved LOX storage vessel.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

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