24 Jul 2019

US Air Force members take part in evacuation exercise in Virginia

Members of the Virginia National Air Guard took part in an evacuation exercise as part of Sentry Storm 19.

Personnel completed the casualty evacuation exercise at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in West Virginia. Members of the armed forces and assets from around the country are brought together for Exercise Sentry Storm to train in capabilities such as joint aircrew and mobility operations, aeromedical evacuations, personnel recovery and support services readiness training for domestic operations.

Members of the 167th Medical Group and the 130th Airlift Wing’s 167th Aeromedical Squadron practised the proper procedures to transport a patient to a C-130H Hercules. This involved coordinating with West Virginia Army National Guard and local civilian medical partners.

Capt. Keith Michael, 167th MDG said: “We have four members that have never done this type of training before, and a few of them have never flown on a C-130, So getting their first interaction with AES and how operations are done is a great training experience.”

“It’s great because we get to exercise all the resources available in the state. This allows us to show our civilian partners the assets that we have and what we can bring to the table in times of emergencies.”

In addition to working with the ERPS team, AES was able to network and train with the critical care air transport team from the 167th Airlift Wing. The Air Force is the only branch of the armed forces to have a CCAT which allows for the transport of patients by air with a critical care physician, respiratory therapist, and critical care nurse.

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