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Airmen practice decontamination during exercise

A male boards a grey C-130J.

An aircrew member boards a C-130J during an exercise Feb. 23, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Aircrew donned full mission orientated protective posture gear in order to be evaluated on their ability to operate an aircraft while performing recovery actions and post attack reconnaissance sweeps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A male assists a female with a mock decontamination process.

Airman 1st Class Courtney Wagner, 61st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, undergoes a simulated aircrew decontamination line during an exercise Feb. 23, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Airmen performed recovery actions while in full mission oriented protective posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A photo with a male removing a clear plastic cover from a green combat boot.

An Airman removes aplastic cover from a combat boot during an exercise Feb. 23, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Airmen processed through an aircrew decontamination line after offloading from the aircraft to simulate the protocols required after exposure to a contaminated environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Aircrew from the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadron practiced responding to different alarm conditions while onboard a C-130J during  an exercise Feb. 23, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

Aircrew donned full mission orientated protective posture gear in order to be evaluated on their ability to operate an aircraft while performing recovery actions and post attack reconnaissance sweeps.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is integrating aircrew operations with recovery actions,” said Senior Master Sgt. Eric Balbo, 19th Maintenance Squadron Wing Inspection Team member. “We’re always on the hook to deploy where we’re needed, whether it be in this type of environment or not. That’s really all it comes down to: making sure that if we get pulled we can go right away.”

Airmen processed through an aircrew decontamination line after offloading from the aircraft to simulate the protocols required after exposure to a contaminated environment.