Contingency Response Exercise – focus on readiness

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Seth Stang
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Emergency response personnel practiced establishing an Initial Response Force bed-down site and contamination control stations as part of a contingency exercise here, Feb. 13.

The event was designed to test 39th Air Base Wing emergency response capabilities and provide Airmen with hands-on training.

"In Emergency Management scenarios, everyone has to be a multi-capable Airman,” said Col. Jason F. Rossi, 39th Mission Support Group commander and initial response force commander. “We have more than 30 Air Force Specialty Codes out here on site."

Participants from civil engineering, medical, emergency management, explosive ordinance disposal, bioenvironmental, and communications units practiced the logistical and operational hurdles they would encounter during a real-world contingency or emergent support scenario. Across the Air Force routine training exercises are regularly held to optimize overall readiness in response to chemical, biological, or radiological incidents.

“This exercise was designed to train Airmen within a U.S. and Host Nation unified command construct in order to bolster our combined capability to respond to a contingency,” said Master Sgt. David Rodriguez, 39th Civil Engineer Squadron initial response force manager.

Over the course of the exercise, Airmen learned how to bed-down a command-and-control site, conduct asset assessment procedures, and practice decontamination operations, four hours after the notification of a simulated aircraft crash.

Turkish forces from undisclosed units also demonstrated aerial insertions of fire teams and rapid aeromedical evacuation operations.

“This exercise showcased the spectacular agility of our host nation to maneuver forces to provide security and evacuation. It also emboldened our Airmen to learn new skills and crafts in order to become truly multi-capable,” said Rodriguez. “It was a great success that proved we are ready and able to tackle any challenge together.”

These exercises validate the readiness of NATO forces to continue safety and security operations even after a catastrophic emergency.

"We have the greatest Air Force because we don't just train and practice for the good days, we train and practice for the worst-case scenarios also," said Rossi.