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Mobility Airmen team-up for exercise Crescent Moon

U.S. Air Force Airman Dalton Degeneffe, 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, participates in Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.

U.S. Air Force Airman Dalton Degeneffe, 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, participates in Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

Staff Sgt. Michelle Levin, 321st Contingency Response Squadron loadmaster, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, transmits information to a tactical operations center during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

Staff Sgt. Michelle Levin, 321st Contingency Response Squadron loadmaster, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, transmits information to a tactical operations center during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing flies over Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield, near Orangeburg, South Carolina., providing airlift support to Airmen from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30.

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing flies over Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield, near Orangeburg, South Carolina., providing airlift support to Airmen from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

Airmen from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, practice chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Airmen from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, practice chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

Senior Airman Paul Chavis III, center, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, familiarizes Airmen of the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Senior Airman Paul Chavis III, center, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, familiarizes Airmen of the 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews of the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chris Symes, 14th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks an oxygen mask before takeoff at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Jan. 30, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chris Symes, 14th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks an oxygen mask before takeoff at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Jan. 30, 2018. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Alexander Congram, left, 14th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Royal Air Force Flight Leader Matt Jenkinson, right, 14th AS pilot apart of a foreign exchange pilot program, prepare for takeoff at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Jan. 30, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Alexander Congram, left, 14th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Royal Air Force Flight Leader Matt Jenkinson, right, 14th AS pilot apart of a foreign exchange pilot program, prepare for takeoff at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Jan. 30, 2018. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

A U.S. Air Force Airman, 14th Airlift Squadron crew chief, marshals out a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing in support of Exercise Crescent Moon at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Jan. 30, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force Airman, 14th Airlift Squadron crew chief, marshals out a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing in support of Exercise Crescent Moon at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Jan. 30, 2018. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

Airmen load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III, from the 14th Airlift Squadron, during a contingency response exercise at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield, near Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jan. 29, 2018.

Airmen load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III, from the 14th Airlift Squadron, during a contingency response exercise at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield, near Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jan. 29, 2018. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

An Airman of the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, participates in Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.
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An Airman from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, participates in Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen of the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in simulated a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear environment.

U.S. Air Force Airmen of the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing as part of Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen of the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing as part of Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

U.S. Air Force Airmen of the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing as part of Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing as part of Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 30, at Joint Base Charleston’s North Auxiliary Airfield near Orangeburg, South Carolina. To maintain readiness, Airmen from the 621st CRW trained with aircrews of the 437th Airlift Wing to conduct mobility operations in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear environment.

NORTH AUXILIARY AIRFIELD, S.C. -- Airmen assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston and 621st Contingency Response Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, combined capabilities and shared assets during Exercise Crescent Moon Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.

The mobility exercise tested the airmen’s ability to operate in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment.

Lt. Col. Mike Durband, 321st Contingency Response Squadron commander, said North Auxiliary Airfield is an ideal location to conduct training like this, providing a quality environment and a chance to build upon partnerships.

“The Joint Base Charleston Airmen and CRW Airmen have worked together all over the world,” said Durband. ”So Joint Base Charleston is a natural location. It’s a place we’re used to and we like to come here to continue our relationship.”

The exercise tested Mobility and Contingency Response Airmen’s readiness to conduct mobility operations in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment. Participants were required to complete airfield tasks during Mission Oriented Protective Posture levels and while wearing personal protective equipment.

Aircrews from the 437th AW provided C-17 Globemaster III airlift support to add realism to the training experience for Airmen on the ground. Airmen were required to load cargo on-and-off a simulated contaminated aircraft safely while in MOPP level 4, a level where Airmen are required to wear all PPE.

“For the 621st CRW, we provided a realistic environment where a plane actually came in, assault landed quickly, exited the runway and opened up to receive an on-load,” said 1st Lt. Dennis Parker, 14th Airlift Squadron executive officer and exercise participant. “It was definitely a challenge for both teams to operate under the limited communication ability which is incurred in that environment. This allowed them to experience and know what they might be dealing with.”

Staff Sgt. John Lee and Senior Airman Paul Chavis, both of the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management, set up a Contamination Control Area, providing Contingency Response Airmen an opportunity to get hands-on training. Lee and Chavis also provided instruction, if needed, and evaluated the Airmen’s proficiency during the decontamination process.

“If they get ‘dirty’ in a contaminated environment the CCA is designed to help them get clean and safe,” said Chavis. “Learning the best practices through this exercise is going to help them in the long run. This is very important in terms of the mission and making sure we’re doing it safely. This CCA helps them do their jobs safely and securely without being contaminated.”

From transporting cargo to decontaminating themselves, Airmen of the 621st CRW sharpened their skills during Exercise Crescent Moon alongside aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing.

“Other units have supported us and now it’s our turn to give back and support them in their training,” said Parker. “Now Airmen involved in both ground and air aspects of the fight know the difficulties and how to overcome them in these types of environments.”

“Being able to operate in a simulated CBRN environment, the Airmen learn and reinforce their training,” said Durband. “It really builds confidence. You can tell they’re a little unsure in the beginning but, by the end, they’re operating and doing their job. The CRW is proving it out here.”