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Little Rock AFB hosts exercise, prepares to sustain combat airlift

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance Hendricks, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, responds to a simulated aircraft crash site during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate Team Little Rock’s response to an aircraft mishap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance Hendricks, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, responds to a simulated aircraft crash site during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate Team Little Rock’s response to an aircraft mishap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance Hendricks and U.S. Air Force Michael Leger, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighters, escort simulated crash victims to safety during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. Aircraft parts and simulated flare shells were arranged to replicate debris. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance Hendricks and U.S. Air Force Michael Leger, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighters, escort simulated crash victims to safety during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. Aircraft parts and simulated flare shells were arranged to replicate debris. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron perform chest compressions during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th AMDS response team was responsible for stabilizing patients, checking their vitals, and coordinating transfers to the emergency room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron perform chest compressions during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th AMDS response team was responsible for stabilizing patients, checking their vitals, and coordinating transfers to the emergency room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight, dispose of simulated flares during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th, 314th and 189th Airlift Wings along with the 913th Airlift Group participated in the exercise to test emergency first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight, dispose of simulated flares during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th, 314th and 189th Airlift Wings along with the 913th Airlift Group participated in the exercise to test emergency first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron check vitals on U.S. Air Force Michael Leger, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th AMDS response team was responsible for stabilizing patients, checking their vitals, and coordinating transfers to the emergency room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Members of the 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron check vitals on U.S. Air Force Michael Leger, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, during a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Center, Ark. The 19th AMDS response team was responsible for stabilizing patients, checking their vitals, and coordinating transfers to the emergency room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Team Little Rock recently concluded a major accident response inspection March 30, 2017, near Little Rock Air Force Base.

The goal of the day-long exercise was to test the host unit’s capabilities of responding to an aircraft mishap. The event was evaluated by the 19th Airlift Wing Inspector General.

During the exercise, a downed-aircraft tested emergency first responders. Items such as aircraft parts and simulated flare shells were arranged to replicate debris.

 “This was a total TLR exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Julie Honeycutt, 19th Inspector General director of inspections. “All units from the 19th AW participated with the 314th and 189th Airlift Wings along with the 913th Airlift Group.”

Two months of planning and coordination were necessary to prepare and ensure the success of the base-wide exercise.

“The overall base response was excellent,” U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffery Clouse, 19th IG superintendent said. “Units responded with urgency and displayed an outstanding level of technical expertise. In the end, the base accomplished several exercise objectives and got an opportunity to work with our partners in a safe yet challenging environment.”

 

Testing the base’s capabilities not only promotes readiness but enhances local partnerships by integrating with other units.

 

“The exercise will benefit the base by testing the dynamic command and control that is required when four different organizations are involved,” Honeycutt said. “Additionally, it gave people the opportunity to use equipment that they are trained on, but might not use on a day-to-day basis.”

 

Little Rock AFB, assigned to Air Mobility Command, is known as the Home of Combat Airlift. Continuing to train and test the unit’s capabilities enhances the ability to provide combat airlift anywhere, anytime.