BH 16-2: 51st AMDS exercise aeromedical evacuation procedures

U.S. Airman 1st Class Tristan Smith, 51st Munitions Squadron crew member, simulates a patient awaiting transport during a medical evacuation scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016.  Beverly Herd is a wing-level exercise designed to maintain the readiness posture of the members of Osan, and the 51st AMDS continually train during the exercise to ensure “Fight Tonight” readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Airman 1st Class Tristan Smith, 51st Munitions Squadron crew member, simulates a patient awaiting transport during a medical evacuation scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016. Beverly Herd is a wing-level exercise designed to maintain the readiness posture of the members of Osan, and the 51st AMDS continually train during the exercise to ensure “Fight Tonight” readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Grant, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, and Airmen from the 51st AMDS transport a simulated injured service member to a C-130 Hercules during a medical evacuation scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016. In the event of a mass casualty incident, the 51st AMDS plays a critical role in the survivability of the patients, and its personnel train to ensure this need is met.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Grant, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, and Airmen from the 51st AMDS transport a simulated injured service member to a C-130 Hercules during a medical evacuation scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016. In the event of a mass casualty incident, the 51st AMDS plays a critical role in the survivability of the patients, and its personnel train to ensure this need is met. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Airmen from the 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron participate in an aeromedical evacuation scenario during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016.  Beverly Herd is a wing-level exercise designed to maintain the readiness posture of the members of Osan, and the 51st AMDS continually train during the exercise to ensure “Fight Tonight” readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Airmen from the 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron participate in an aeromedical evacuation scenario during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016. Beverly Herd is a wing-level exercise designed to maintain the readiness posture of the members of Osan, and the 51st AMDS continually train during the exercise to ensure “Fight Tonight” readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

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The 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron simulated an aeromedical evacuation to enhance their readiness as part of Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 Aug. 25, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

In a contingency environment, Airmen suffering from severe injuries need to be transported to a high-care facility.

“Aeromedical evacuation is when we have to transport the patients from our care, and endorse them with an AE crew to take them to a better facility,” said Tech. Sgt. Katherine Caraballo, 51st AMDS medical technician.

In the event of a mass casualty incident, the 51st AMDS plays a critical role in the survivability of the patients, and its personnel train to ensure this need is met.

“First and foremost, it’s very important to be training for real-world scenarios as well as ensuring the safety of our Airmen and the ones we care for,” said Caraballo. “We need to be able to perform these operations safely and in a very fast manner without compromising the health and wellness of our patients. This exercise is exactly what we need to be doing to posture for real-world.”

Not only did medical Airmen receive beneficial training, the role-players of the exercise gained insight into other training areas of Beverly Herd.

“By supporting medical, I was able to see the exercise from a different point of view, and gain an appreciation for the exercise,” said Airman 1st Class Tristan Smith, 51st Munitions Squadron crew member.

Beverly Herd is a Wing-level exercise designed to maintain the readiness posture of the members of Osan, and the 51st AMDS continually train during the exercise to ensure “Fight Tonight” readiness.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about helping people and keeping the warfighters out there doing what they do,” said Caraballo. “That’s why we’re here practicing.”