by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski
355th Fighter Wing public affairs
6/6/2015 - WINSLOW, Ariz. -- A
mass casualty exercise involving multinational armed services took place
in northern Arizona Friday for Angel Thunder 2015.
A casualty collection point was setup in an aircraft hangar at
Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport where more than 50 simulated
casualties were transported from a simulated flood disaster site in Camp
Navajo Training Site.
Upon arrival to the CCP in U.S. Army CH-47 Chinooks, German Air Force
CH-53GS and U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk aircraft, active duty
personnel and students from the University of Arizona and Northern
Arizona University acted as patients to be triaged for injuries ranging
from trauma-induced child labor to brain injuries.
"We've got flight nurses and med techs helping run the exercise on the
inside (the airport hangar)," said Capt. Leigh Miller, 187th Air Medical
Evacuation Squadron flight nurse. "My role is to triage the most
critical patients when they come in, assess their injuries and help
determine who leaves on a plane first."
Medical personnel worked diligently and cohesively to ensure the
patients in the most critical condition received urgent and proper care.
"I think they were very professional," said Ryan Gould, Northern Arizona
University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet. "They
quickly assessed what was going on and got me out of there very fast. As
soon as I got (to the CCP), I felt like I was being taken care of the
This exercise provided many participants their first experience in
working with personnel from the U.S. and four foreign nations, but they
still stayed team oriented.
"The positive of this exercise is we're getting everyone out of their
comfort zones," Miller said. "Everyone is doing something a little bit
different than what they're used to. We're all learning. Everybody's
being flexible so we're working together and getting it figured out.
It's been a great experience."
For personnel from the Royal Danish Air Force, this was their last day as participants in Angel Thunder 2015.
"I think this is a good exercise," said Flight Sergeant Henrik Gyǒrkǒs,
Royal Danish Air Force forward air evacuation medic. "It's the first
time we have been over here, so it's kind of a survey for us. But I hope
for next year we can bring our five forward air teams over and perhaps
fly some more med evac because that is our primary job. So I hope we can
come over again."