86th AES exercises deployment readiness

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Ariel Leighty
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen with the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron pose for a group photo on Ramstein Air Base April 27. The 86th AES practiced assembling a tent for an exercise in order to train the Airmen in a deployed environment.

The 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron held a readiness training exercise April 27 on Ramstein Air Base.

The exercise involved approximately 23 Airmen from the 86th AES assembling and disassembling tents to ensure the Airmen are capable of utilizing them in a deployed environment.

“The exercise is meant to get these young fliers used to setting up in a bare base operation,” said Lt. Col. Penny Cunningham, 86th AES training flight commander.

Hands-on setup, care, and staging were skills applied in the training. Participants learned to effectively utilize manpower and care for their tent equipment.

“The goal is to teach the Airmen to always be ready, whether it be for the next conflict or deployment,” Cunningham said.

The 86th AES practiced a variety of exercises including how to properly off-load deployable equipment off a Humvee as well as setting up tents and bases in a deployed environment.

In June, the 86th AES is slated to send a team to participate in a deployment exercise to keep members trained and allow new members to gain experience.

“We have a two-person aeromedical evacuation liaison team that will deploy to an exercise where they will set up their operation and their tents systems, which they used in today’s exercise,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham is currently leading the way with innovative ideas in order to ensure 86th AES readiness.

Airmen with the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron perform a readiness training exercise as part of a unit type code training April 27 on Ramstein Air Base.

Staff Sgt. Luke Walter, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technician, disassembles a tent April 27 on Ramstein Air Base. Participants learned to effectively utilize manpower and care for their equipment.

Tech. Sgt. Zachery Johnson, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron NCOIC, disassembles a tent as part of a readiness training exercise April 27 on Ramstein Air Base. Hands-on setup, care, and staging were skills applied in the training.

Airmen with the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron disassemble a tent as part of a readiness training exercise April 27 on Ramstein Air Base. The 86th AES has practiced a variety of exercises in order to train the Airmen on how to operate in a deployed environment.