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Wing flexes readiness muscle during Condor Crest exercise

Medical personnel from the 21st Medical Group provide a fellow Airman with comforting words while waiting for decontamination and follow-on medical care during an exercise scenario May 2. The exercise was to evaluate the response capabilities of the wing’s existing emergency plans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Medical personnel from the 21st Medical Group provide a fellow Airman with comforting words while waiting for decontamination and follow-on medical care during an exercise scenario May 2. The exercise was to evaluate the response capabilities of the wing’s existing emergency plans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Exercise role-players demonstrate symptoms of chemical exposure while medical personnel from the 21st Medical Group conduct initial assessments. The role-players are instrumental in making the training event as realistic as possible to test medical personnel with realistic scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Exercise role-players demonstrate symptoms of chemical exposure while medical personnel from the 21st Medical Group conduct initial assessments. The role-players are instrumental in making the training event as realistic as possible to test medical personnel with realistic scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Airmen work together to expedite the setup of a decontamination tent outside of the 21st Medical Group building while additional personnel work to calm and assess the exposed patients. The decontamination tent is the first line of defense when neutralizing the chemical agent allowing the patient to receive further treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Airmen work together to expedite the setup of a decontamination tent outside of the 21st Medical Group building while additional personnel work to calm and assess the exposed patients. The decontamination tent is the first line of defense when neutralizing the chemical agent allowing the patient to receive further treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Maintaining security is a high priority to keep others from being contaminated until a cause can be properly indentified. Here, personnel from the 21st Medical Group maintained security and control of the patients as the decontamination tent was set up. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

Maintaining security is a high priority to keep others from being contaminated until a cause can be properly indentified. Here, personnel from the 21st Medical Group maintained security and control of the patients as the decontamination tent was set up. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

With the decontamination tent setup and ready, personnel from the 21st Medical Group coordinate decontamination of the Airmen. From there the injured were given hands-on medical care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

With the decontamination tent setup and ready, personnel from the 21st Medical Group coordinate decontamination of the Airmen. From there the injured were given hands-on medical care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Golembesky)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- "Exercise, exercise, exercise," signaled the beginning of the Condor Crest emergency readiness exercise May 2. Within minutes the main entrance to the 21st Medical Group was crowded with Airmen simulating the symptoms of a chemical attack that occurred in a nearby building.

Condor Crest is a quarterly base exercise that is designed to challenge and provide feedback on the wing's ability to handle a real-world crisis situation should one occur.

"These exercises are critical in evaluating the base response plans that are already established and to identify any deficiencies in the execution of those plans," said Maj. Timothy Parker, 21st SW exercise evaluation team chief.

This most recent scenario included a classroom filled with Airmen that were sprayed by a skin irritating chemical from an unknown device concealed in the ceiling. The scenario played out and was monitored by more than 50 EET personnel.

This particular scenario was geared to test the abilities of first responders and infrastructure capabilities to handle a crisis of this nature. It also allowed base emergency response assets to practice working hand-in-hand with their counterparts in order to control and expedite the recovery process of the incident.

"Communication is critical and we have identified some opportunities for improvement," Parker said about early assessments of the exercise.

Participants in this quarter's exercise included fire rescue, police, military working dogs, medical and biological. The exercise also included many components that go unseen and play a critical role in coordinating and handling the overall response effort.

One of these components was the wing's emergency operations center which coordinates the flow of resources both on and off Peterson. The EOC is instrumental in gathering all available information from the event for the commander to make sound and critical decisions.

The exercise was the opportunity for Team Pete to prove it is ready for any challenge that may present itself, and that its Airmen excel at all they do. When the challenge seems overwhelming they fall back on their instilled values and training - and ensure no Airman is ever left behind.

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