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Medical group put to test

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Airman Thomas Carlson (right), 21st Medical Operations Squadron, checks the blood pressure and temperature of 2nd Lt. Edward Garces, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, after Garces complained of flu like symptoms. The medical check-up was part of an exercise scenario Dec. 4 where influenza developed in the Pacific and swept through the country onto Peterson. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Airman Thomas Carlson (right), 21st Medical Operations Squadron, checks the blood pressure and temperature of 2nd Lt. Edward Garces, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, after Garces complained of flu like symptoms. The medical check-up was part of an exercise scenario Dec. 4 where influenza developed in the Pacific and swept through the country onto Peterson. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Michael Burke, 21st Medical Group commander, calls a meeting Dec. 4 with medical team chiefs and discusses the next step in responding to an exercise scenario where influenza developed in the Pacific and swept the country. It was affecting enough of Colorado Springs and the base that all the response elements were swamped. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Michael Burke, 21st Medical Group commander, calls a meeting Dec. 4 with medical team chiefs and discusses the next step in responding to an exercise scenario where influenza developed in the Pacific and swept the country. It was affecting enough of Colorado Springs and the base that all the response elements were swamped. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Capt. Erin Brown, family nurse practitioner, 21st Medical Operations Squadron, (center red vest) discusses dosing information for patients who have been affected by a new strain of influenza during an exercise here Dec. 4. The colored vests are worn by medical personnel for easy identification. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Capt. Erin Brown, family nurse practitioner, 21st Medical Operations Squadron, (center red vest) discusses dosing information for patients who have been affected by a new strain of influenza during an exercise here Dec. 4. The colored vests are worn by medical personnel for easy identification. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Airman Nicholas Atherton, 21st Medical Group records technician, collects critical health information from Team Pete personnel to determine if medical treatment is necessary due to an influenza outbreak. During the exercise Dec. 4, a new strain of influenza developed in the Pacific and swept the country. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Airman Nicholas Atherton, 21st Medical Group records technician, collects critical health information from Team Pete personnel to determine if medical treatment is necessary due to an influenza outbreak. During the exercise Dec. 4, a new strain of influenza developed in the Pacific and swept the country. The 21st MDG set up vaccine distribution points at Peterson, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and countered the threat by prioritizing the administration of limited preventive medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- LJ Van Belkum, 21st Space Wing inspector general (right), discusses an exercise scenario at the 21st Medical Group with Capt. Americo Penaflor, 21st SW inspection director (left) and Master Sgt. Randolph Hodson, inspector general superintendent. The exercise Dec. 4 tested and challenged the 21st MDG and its personnel as they responded to an influenza outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- LJ Van Belkum, 21st Space Wing inspector general (right), discusses an exercise scenario at the 21st Medical Group with Capt. Americo Penaflor, 21st SW inspection director (left) and Master Sgt. Randolph Hodson, inspector general superintendent. The exercise Dec. 4 tested and challenged the 21st MDG and its personnel as they responded to an influenza outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton)

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