Photos: NEO exercise tests noncombatant readiness

Dependents and other noncombatants line up at an entry control point during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The five-day exercise allowed noncombatants, such as dependents and contractors, to rehearse their evacuation from the Korean peninsula in the event of an emergency. The ECP was manned by various Airmen tasked with checking the identification cards and passports of NEO exercise attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Dependents and other noncombatants line up at an entry control point during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The five-day exercise allowed noncombatants, such as dependents and contractors, to rehearse their evacuation from the Korean peninsula in the event of an emergency. The ECP was manned by various Airmen tasked with checking the identification cards and passports of NEO exercise attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Schumacher, 621st Air Control Squadron weapons director, verifies the identity of a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise participant at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. At least one representative from each household with a noncombatant was mandated to attend the event in an effort to maintain maximum readiness across the base. Representatives from approximately 100 households practiced the process of a peninsula evacuation on the third day of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Schumacher, 621st Air Control Squadron weapons director, verifies the identity of a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise participant at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. At least one representative from each household with a noncombatant was mandated to attend the event in an effort to maintain maximum readiness across the base. Representatives from approximately 100 households practiced the process of a peninsula evacuation on the third day of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Elena Storr, 51st Munitions Squadron munitions systems journeyman, screens a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise participant with a metal-detecting wand at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. In the event of an emergency, an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 noncombatants would follow the same steps as a NEO exercise participant to leave the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Elena Storr, 51st Munitions Squadron munitions systems journeyman, screens a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise participant with a metal-detecting wand at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. In the event of an emergency, an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 noncombatants would follow the same steps as a NEO exercise participant to leave the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Staff Sgt. Cassandra Lane, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management journeyman, demonstrates how to attach an infant bottle to a dependent gas mask during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The instructional display was one of many highlights in the “comfort room,” in addition to a movie-viewing area, cots to sleep on, and literature and live assistance provided by the Osan Chaplain corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Staff Sgt. Cassandra Lane, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management journeyman, demonstrates how to attach an infant bottle to a dependent gas mask during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The instructional display was one of many highlights in the “comfort room,” in addition to a movie-viewing area, cots to sleep on, and literature and live assistance provided by the Osan Chaplain corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Tech. Sgts. Yolanda Heyward, 51st Comptroller Squadron quality assurance manager, and Jennifer Hunt, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron chief of unaccompanied housing, man the embarkation check point during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. Embarkation was one of the last stops for exercise participants, and was a final measure to guarantee all passengers on the simulated mode of emergency transportation were accounted for. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Tech. Sgts. Yolanda Heyward, 51st Comptroller Squadron quality assurance manager, and Jennifer Hunt, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron chief of unaccompanied housing, man the embarkation check point during a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. Embarkation was one of the last stops for exercise participants, and was a final measure to guarantee all passengers on the simulated mode of emergency transportation were accounted for. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Tech. Sgt. Scott Brown, 7th Air Force personnel readiness NCO in charge, scans identification bracelets as part of a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The process is designed to update the NEO Travel System with proof that participants have completed each phase of the NEO process and are ready to board the designated mode of emergency transportation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Tech. Sgt. Scott Brown, 7th Air Force personnel readiness NCO in charge, scans identification bracelets as part of a noncombatant evacuation operations exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2013. The process is designed to update the NEO Travel System with proof that participants have completed each phase of the NEO process and are ready to board the designated mode of emergency transportation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)