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U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel lift a loaded litter on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from the 6th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for aeromedical evacuation during a week-long readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The training of en route staging system and AE was the first of its kind for the 52nd MDG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel carry a loaded litter onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from the 6th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, for aeromedical evacuation during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The use of AE provides time-sensitive en route care to patients to and between medical treatment facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel carry a litter with a simulated victim into an en route staging system during an readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The U.S. Air Force 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, spent the week teaching Airmen how to use the en route staging system and become an aeromedical evacuation team in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel unload a simulated victim during an readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The base-wide readiness exercise tested Airmen's abilities to execute policies, procedures, and response operations in preparation for potential real-life scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel carry a litter with a mock victim to the medical treatment facility during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. Airmen executed ability to survive and operate training in preparation for various scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Fighter Wing Airmen work in the Wing Operations Center during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The WOC contains members from various organizations across the base who coordinate information and resources to support incident management activities with the direction of wing leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

A U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter rolls up a fire hose during a week-long readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 16, 2019. The exercise required Airmen to identify and solve problems in less-than-ideal circumstances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel prepare a decontamination booth during an readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 17, 2019. The base-wide readiness exercise tested Airmen's ability to execute policies, procedures and response operations in preparation for potential real-life scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel set a victim with simulated chemical injuries on a litter to be received at a decontamination booth during a base readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 17, 2019. Exercise victims contaminated from airborne substances go through a decontamination process at a nearby tent before being allowed for admittance in the hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Medical Group personnel perform decontamination procedures on a mock victim during a week-long base readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 17, 2019. Exercise victims are decontaminated and then moved to the medical building for more hands-on treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Faith Pietryga, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment technician, acts as a victim of an explosion during an readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 18, 2019. The exercise used a mixture of real people, medical and weighted dummies to act out different events that could happen to Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters and 52nd Medical Group medics respond to mock injuries during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 16, 2019. This simulation was part of bi-annual required training geared towards various 52nd Fighter Wing agencies to help them prepare for a real-world response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters prepare to climb a ladder to rescue people during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 16, 2019. The exercise stressed the base's ability to quickly respond to scenarios to prepare them for potential real-life threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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A U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter responds to the needs of a victim during a base readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 16, 2019. With a high level of importance placed on the ability to respond to external threats quickly and effectively, the 52nd Fighter Wing conducted a week-long exercise to test everyone from the most novice Airmen to the most combat-experienced Chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing are briefed after a mock scenario during a week-long readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 15, 2019. The brief stressed the importance of being prepared for any possible chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters find an Airman with a simulated injury during a week-long base readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 16, 2019. The ability of Airmen to survive and operate in a combat environment and effectively perform wartime missions is getting renewed attention in response to Department of Defense and the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Hyslop, 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, learns proper rescue processes during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 15, 2019. The training involved numerous agencies at Spangdahlem AB and helped prepare Airmen for real-world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Fighter Wing Inspection Team members set the scene for an event during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 15, 2019. The event included a simulated vehicle improvised explosive device where Spangdahlem AB agencies worked together to resolve matters from the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters perform first responder duties during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 15, 2019. The training involved a simulated vehicle improvised explosive device where various base organizations responded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

The 52nd Fighter Wing hosted a week-long readiness exercise here April 14-19, testing the base population’s response to a variety of potential scenarios.

“We have exercises to test the wing’s capability to operate in a wartime situation specifically in a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environment with an upscale of mission requirements either that is more sorties or more emergency responses,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Demarkus Littles, 52nd Fighter Wing Inspector General wing readiness exercise planner. “We are trying to put the wing through the wringer to see if they can handle the stress with different levels of mission-oriented protective posture gear while they are conducting their duties.”

This exercise is in conjunction with past exercises to implement the “crawl, walk, run” phase of using MOPP gear and the CBRN environment.

“This exercise was meant to be more complex, and we wanted to have more of a build-up not only CBRN, but conventional attacks and having more than one location hit at the same time,” said Littles. “We want to see how we could stress the wing and how they would flex to adapt to all the circumstances we threw at them, which was quite a few.”

“We definitely tested all the objectives that we wanted to test,” said Littles. “This type of exercise will definitely continue, and they will only become more complex because we feel like the Airmen that we have can handle it,” said Littles.

The ability of Airmen to survive and operate in a combat environment and effectively perform wartime missions is getting renewed attention in response to Department of Defense and the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness. Base exercises are commonplace at Air Force installations worldwide, and Spangdahlem is no different.

“These exercises are crucial to ensure our Airmen are training to the highest levels of readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander. “It was a challenging week, and we tested everyone to the max. There was intentionally more in this exercise than the previous iteration, and the wing did a phenomenal job. Each time we conduct an exercise we are ramping it up and the strides forward in our readiness have been massive.”

“I also would like to thank our local community, without their support our wing reaching this level of readiness and our support to NATO would not be possible,” said Bailey.