Friday, May 1, 2015

TOP STORY >> Exercise tests response and readiness at The Rock

By Senior Airman Harry Brexel
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs 

Team Little Rock demonstrated its first responder capabilities during a major accident response inspection April 22. 

The MARI tested the readiness of Little Rock Air Force Base and off-base emergency response personnel to respond to an aircraft crash.  

This exercise simulated a C-130 accident off-base at the Jacksonville Fire Department Training Facility. Little Rock AFB officials coordinated with emergency responders from the local area, who can be critical during a crisis. 

“During this scenario, our ability to work side-by-side with civilian agencies was successfully demonstrated,” said Master Sgt. Jarrett Blea, the MARI planner and 19th Airlift Wing Inspector General superintendent. “Exercises like these improve how we respond to major accidents or mishaps.” 

Key players from the base included Airmen from the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron, 19th Force Support Squadron, 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 19th Security Forces Squadron. 

Little Rock AFB Public Affairs also held a mock press conference to address media and concerns of local citizens.

The day-long exercise showed that Team Little Rock is ready to rapidly respond around the clock, no matter the situation at home or abroad.

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