The Orange Light in the Sky: Collaborative Medevacs and Active Volcanos in The Aleutian Islands

“What is that orange light in the sky?” I asked the crew from the back of a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter. I am not enlisted in the CG so how did I come to be riding in the back of one with a critical patient?

To answer that we must go back a little farther.

“What do you do for a living?” I get asked by literally everyone I meet. That is just what we ask each other right? Maybe it tells us something about each other maybe it doesn’t. I like variety in my work — but I like consistency in my…