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CRT respond to Aircrew Emergency during Exercise Mobility Guardian

Master Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra, left, 321st Contingency Response Team chief, Travis Air Force Base, California responds to an simulated inflight emergency during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Moses Lake, located west of Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Mobility Guardian test joint and total force response to threats faced in the current fight and potential higher-end threats in future wars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.)

Master Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra, left, 321st Contingency Response Team chief, Travis Air Force Base, California responds to an simulated inflight emergency during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Moses Lake, located west of Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Mobility Guardian test joint and total force response to threats faced in the current fight and potential higher-end threats in future wars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.)

U.S. Air Force Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen arrive at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington to perform decontamination procedures on KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen arrive at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington to perform decontamination procedures on KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Decontamination stations stand ready to receive affected aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Decontamination stations stand ready to receive affected aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

A decontamination checklist hangs from a decontamination station ready to receive affected aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

A decontamination checklist hangs from a decontamination station ready to receive affected aircrew and passengers during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

A Royal Canadian Air Force technician observes decontamination procedures during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

A Royal Canadian Air Force technician observes decontamination procedures during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington. Exercise Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations enhancing the vital partnerships needed to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Aircrew Flight Equipment personnel decontaminate Lt. Col. Kevin Parsons, 93rd Air Refueling Squadron commander, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, is patted down for decontaminants after a simulated Ability to Survive and Operate scenario during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Aircrew Flight Equipment personnel decontaminate Lt. Col. Kevin Parsons, 93rd Air Refueling Squadron commander, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, is patted down for decontaminants after a simulated Ability to Survive and Operate scenario during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Siemiet, Air Mobility Command aircrew flight equipment manager, outbriefs exercise participants during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Siemiet, Air Mobility Command aircrew flight equipment manager, outbriefs exercise participants during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

MOSES LAKE, Wash. --

Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing provided tactical operations center support during a first-of-its-kind Ability to Survive and Operate scenario as part of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Moses Lake, Washington, Sept. 16, 2019.

 

Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command’s premier, large-scale mobility exercise designed to build full spectrum readiness and develop Mobility Airmen to ensure rapid global mobility now and in the future.

 

In the scenario, aircrew from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker reported chemical contamination while performing an aeromedical evacuation.

 

The Contingency Response Team was notified at the TOC to coordinate ground decontamination support and receive the aircraft.

 

 “We provided command and control coverage, access to ramp space and a location to setup a decontamination line for aircrew flight equipment,” said Master Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra, 321st CRT chief. “From the tactical operations center we coordinated with the air operations center to get AFE the equipment and supplies they needed.”

 

CRT's deploy to locations that don’t have established air support, and deploy scalable forces that can open, operate and close any airfield. 

 

“We set up airfields and ramps, communicate aircraft landing, parking, maintenance, refueling and fleet service,” Ibarra said. “To my knowledge this is the biggest CRT operation that has ever happened.”

 

The CRT is training alongside the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and the 521st AMOW, Ramstein Air Base, Germany at Moses Lake to demonstrate the capability to operate as an integrated team. 

 

“To have the CRT embedded with us here, isn’t something that we do often, but it has been super beneficial.” said Capt. Jennifer Krutka, officer in-charge of Moses Lake. “It has truly been a team effort. We have port Airmen learning how to do maintenance and maintenance personnel learning port duties. One of Gen. Miller’s initiatives was to be more versatile Airman, and we are doing that here.”

 

Mobility Guardian brings together U.S. Air Force, joint and international partners from more than two dozen nations to enhance interoperability and strengthen vital partnerships.

 

“It is important for us to exercise our skills and understand our abilities to be more effective with our patient care,” said Master Corporal Kate Marois, Royal Canadian Air Force flight medical technician. “I thank the military for having this exercise and the opportunity to participate.”

 

The aeromedical evacuation and decontamination scenario at Moses Lake during Mobility Guardian was the first of its kind, and demonstrated AMC’s capability to survive in a contested, degraded and operationally-limited environment.