Ramstein hosts weeklong exercise

by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Danny David, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team lead (center), returns from the site of a simulated car bomb during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Kapaun Air Station, Feb. 25. The exercise tested EOD’s capability to respond to a vehicle-borne threat.

 

An 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter directs personnel toward a safe location following a simulated aircraft crash during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 27. The event tested members across multiple base agencies including the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron, 86th Security Forces Squadron, and 86th Medical Squadron.

 

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Danny David, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team lead, watches as an EOD robot downloads from a truck during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Kapaun Air Station, Feb. 25. The robot was used to scout the area around a simulated car bomb.

 

An 86th Maintenance Squadron C-130J Super Hercules crew chief cleans an aircraft component during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 28. Members continued real-world maintenance operations during the exercise.

 

An 86th Security Forces Squadron K-9 searches for simulated bombs during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 26. The K-9 swept the area for simulated bombs during a simulated active shooter scenario.

 

An 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief launches a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 28. 86th MXS crew chiefs continued to launch real-world aircraft during the weeklong exercise

 

Mock victims of a simulated aircraft crash lay on the flightline during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 26. Ramstein first responders were tested in response to a mass casualty event.

 

An 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter helps a simulated aircraft crash victim during Exercise Operation Varsity 19-01 on Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 27. Ramstein first responders were tested on their ability to respond to a large-scale disaster.