Air Commandos respond to exercise

USAF: Maj. Mike Janssen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, evaluates emergency medical technicians responding to a simulated injury during a 27th SOW exercise at Melrose Air Force Range. Base personnel were evaluated on actions taken in response to two separate incidents and performed well according to post exercise reports.

27th Special Operations Wing Inspector General

On Feb. 14, the 27th Special Operations Wing held an exercise to test its capability to handle two separate accidents without the need of off-base support.

The first simulated accident was an aircraft ran off the end of the runway that resulted in a small fire at Melrose Air Force Range. The second incident followed shortly thereafter and involved a ground mishap on the flightline where a truck collided with a parked MC-130J Commando II resulting in a major fuel spill.

Both accidents involved simulated injuries that required medical support.

“Col. Elton wanted to test base personnel’s internal capability of responding to two simultaneous incidents on base,” said Maj. Steven Kohut, 27 SOW inspector general. “All base agencies responded exceptionally and overall the exercise was a huge success.”