Jamie Havig was about to redeploy. The Navy combat medic put on his headphones, blasted the volume and tried to ignore the plane's bouncing descent.
"I've been on a lot of flights where I was being shot at and landing in really hot zones, but this one made me nervous," Havig said.
This time he was landing in the middle of a storm at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York. Havig is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq attached to a Marine sniper team. It's where he picked up his nickname, "Doc."
The 35-year-old now lives in Irvine and works for the nonprofit Team Kids.
But on Nov. 7, just as the nor'easter was hitting the East Coast days after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc, he was working for Team Rubicon.
Team Rubicon is an emergency-relief nonprofit staffed by veterans. When a disaster hits, highly trained volunteers who honed their skills in war zones respond by flying in from across the country to help in any way they can. Their goal: be the first on the ground.