"We're learning to talk the same lingo and practicing the same aeromedical procedures using the same equipment," he said.
This is especially important to the Navy where few medical professionals have been trained in aeromedical evacuation.
Historically, flight surgeons and ship's nurses have been used as medical attendants aboard medical evacuation flights that transport primarily non-combat casualty patients.
Cesa said the course here is critically important to everyone involved in aeromedical evacuation during the post 9/11 era.
He's attending it in preparation for his assignment at the Global Patient Movement Requirements Center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The U.S. Public Health Service flight nurses are attending the course to support mission requirements of the 6,000-plus member service that comes under the auspices of U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
This uniformed service was originally created by President John Adams on July 16, 1798 to handle public health issues associated with immigration.
"The Bureau of Immigration Custom Enforcement, formerly the Immigration & Naturalization Service, charters flights for non-native residents who are being deported," Morin said.
He explained that a U.S. Public Health Service flight nurse is required on these flights to administer medications.
"They are ambulatory patients," said McGee, a Rochester, N.Y., native who previously served in the Air Force. The detainees who he and Morin process always require flight nurse escorts, especially those that suffer from psychosis.
"We escort them on flights to ensure their safe passage without incident," says Morin, referring to what U.S. Public Health Service calls non-scheduled flights to places other than Mexico, such as Pakistan, Cambodia and China.
The U.S. Public Health Service Division of Immigration Health Service operates about a dozen detention centers stateside. From there, many detainees are deported via charter flight.
"We average about 200 people per flight," said Morin, noting that the detention center at Florence, Ariz. where he is assigned processed 20,000 illegal immigrants in 2005.
The influx of alien immigration has brought with it a variety of communicable diseases.
"We've seen a huge increase in tuberculosis cases among the detainees," Morin said, noting that other medical emergencies run the gamut from diabetes and cardiac problems to detainee injuries sustained in beatings from smugglers.