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Capt. (Dr.) Tyler Yorgason takes care of a patient during Ready Eagle exercise

82nd Operation Medical Readiness Squadron flight surgeon Capt. (Dr.) Tyler Yorgason takes care of a patient during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Bioenvironmental team practices decon during exercise

A bioenvironmental team from the 82nd Medical Group decontaminates the victim of an explosion during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Manpower and security team assist patient during exercise

Bioenvironmental personnel from the 82nd Medical Group provide care for an explosion victim during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Airman 1st Class Belle Ress communicates with medical control center

Airman 1st Class Belle Ress, a member of the Manpower and Security Disaster Team, communicates with the 82nd Medical Group medical control center during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Evaluators watch as personnel from the 82nd Medical Group take care of patients during a Ready Eagle exercise

Evaluators watch as personnel from the 82nd Medical Group take care of patients from an explosion during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Personnel from the 82nd Medical Group carry a patient to an ambulance during a Ready Eagle exercise

Personnel from the 82nd Medical Group carry a patient to an ambulance during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Capt. (Dr.) Alison Graff applies a dressing to a patient during a Ready Eagle exercise

82nd Operation Medical Readiness Squadron flight surgeon Capt. (Dr.) Alison Graff applies a dressing to a patient during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

1st Lt. Rachel Washington, a physician assistant with the 82nd Operation Medical Readiness Squadron, asks a patient questions during a Ready Eagle exercise

1st Lt. Rachel Washington, a physician assistant with the 82nd Operation Medical Readiness Squadron, asks a patient questions during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 16, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Senior Airman Sheily Sotelo Valencia goes over information on Anthrax with a group of Airmen during a Ready Eagle exercise

Senior Airman Sheily Sotelo Valencia goes over information on Anthrax with a group of Airmen during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 16, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

82nd Medical Group personnel check paperwork during a Ready Eagle exercise
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Personnel from the 82nd Medical Group check paperwork as Airmen process through a mock immunization line during a Ready Eagle exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 16, 2021. Ready Eagle is a weeklong medical readiness activity that takes place across the entire Air Force at each base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams and their ability to respond to a variety of challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The 82nd Medical Group wrapped up a week-long training program to hone their medical readiness skills Sept. 17, 2021, with a mass casualty exercise.

2nd Lt. Megan Schwinghammer, 82nd MDG medical readiness officer, said Ready Eagle, which is directed by the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, is designed to help the different response teams within the organization know how to respond when disaster strikes. From setting up decontamination areas to taking care of patients to working with security personnel and manpower, Ready Eagle tested the medical group’s ability to be ready for any event.

“We exercise for situations that could happen real world,” she said. “So, seeing and knowing what they did today, I think they went above and beyond.”

Adam Christmann, the base lead for Sheppard’s Ready Eagle, said the medical readiness activity is conducted at each Air Force base and focuses on the Medical Contingency Response Plan teams within each organization. The program is designed to train personnel early in the week and then observe the teams demonstrate their capabilities with exercises.

He said scenarios could be the public health team responding to a pandemic, the pharmacy dispensing medications during a pandemic or disease outbreak, as well as how the medical control center is able to manage situations such as an explosion or chemical event.

Christmann said the teams at Sheppard performed well overall during the exercises and would be able to replicate that in a real-world event.

“The teams at Sheppard got to practice all week and by the end of the week, they were ready to go. They would’ve saved a lot of lives here today with their performance,” he said. “In most disasters, we might not be able to save everybody, but we saw Team Sheppard do a great job. The 82nd Medical Group definitely – I think the training paid off. Their performance was outstanding.”

Christmann said Ready Eagle is not an inspection, rather it is designed to help, train and make sure medical personnel are prepared to do their job.

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