Ramstein Airmen attend medical exercise

Senior Airman Melissa Maraj
Kaiserslautern American

Approximately 30 Airmen from Ramstein’s 435th Medical Group recently
left here for a two-week, multi-lateral exercise in the country of
Georgia to provide medical training and operational experience to both
U.S. and host nation medical personnel.

The exercise, RESCEUR/MEDCEUR 2005, will also validate the readiness
status of component crisis response and surgical response teams that
rotate on theater aircraft.

As a part of the MEDCEUR portion of the exercise, Ramstein Airman will
conduct humanitarian civic assistance in the vicinity of Kobuleti,
Georgia. During this outreach, the Airmen will give vision exams,
dispense eyeglasses and perform cataract surgeries.

“This is a great opportunity for our medical folks to get some
real-world training while lending our neighbors a hand. It’s a winning
situation for all involved,” said Erin Zagursky, 435th Air Base Wing
public affairs representative.

The RESCEUR portion of the exercise allows U.S. forces and partner
nations to train as a multi-nation task force in a crisis-response,
disaster-relief consequence management command post exercise scenario
using computer assisted database scripted or simulation events.

Approximately 470 U.S. servicemembers are involved in the two elements
of the exercise, including active Reserve and Guard members of the
Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Also involved in the exercise are approximately 475 partner-nation
participants from the countries of Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine.