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377 Med Group Tiger Medics tame all hazards in decon exercise

Military medics carry a simulated patient on a litter.

Tiger Medic litter bearers from the 377th Medical Group at Kirtland AFB, N.M., carry a simulated patient to the decontamination tent during an installation medical all-hazards response field exercise May 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Cochran)

Military medical teams decontaminates a simulated patient

A Tiger Medic decontamination team from the 377th Medical Group at Kirtland AFB, N.M., removes the contaminated uniform from a simulated patient during an installation medical all-hazards response field exercise May 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Cochran)

A military medical team decontaminates a simulated patient during an exercise.

A Tiger Medic decontamination team from the 377th Medical Group at Kirtland AFB, N.M., sponges contaminants from a simulated patient during an installation medical all-hazards response field exercise May 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Cochran)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Tiger Medics from the 377th Medical Group at Kirtland AFB, N.M., took part in an installation medical all-hazards response field exercise May 20, 2021. Evaluators said the team met the two goals of the semiannual exercise requirement, which were to have decontamination capability operational within 20 minutes of notification, and process six to 10 litter patients within one hour.

The exercise’s decontamination tent had a shower on one side for patients who were able to walk, and a separate processing area for sanitizing litter patients who weren’t ambulatory.

Some role players wore moulage, with makeup simulating wounds and injuries based on the exercise scenario. Medical practitioners conducted triage for them, evaluating the severity of their conditions and establishing treatment priorities.

William J. Blevins, 377th Medical Group medical emergency manager, praised the exercise’s NCO leadership.

“Staff Sgt. Marco Muniz, in-place patient decontamination team chief, led a great activation and decon process,” he said.