by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes
180th Fighter Wing
8/7/2015 - Toledo, Ohio -- Airmen
from the 180th Fighter Wing participated in a joint multi-unit Air
Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft training exercise from June 3-8, at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The training provided Airmen with an opportunity to practice realistic
scenarios with other military units and civil authorities as a way to
help build strong working relationships and improve deployment
Members of the Ohio Air National Guard, the U.S. Air Force Reserves, U.S
Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Ohio Red Cross, Ohio Disaster Medical
Assistance Team and U.S. Customs and Border Protection participated in
During the event, Airmen learned about the proper preparation and
loading of a C-17. The training covered a wide range of topics including
vehicle preparation, pallet building, winching, chain restraint
procedures, trailer uploads and heavy equipment uploads.
"Most of our Airmen never seen any of the heavy equipment they're
training on," said Master Sgt. Craig Essert, the load trainer
noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the 89th Airlift Squadron at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. "They'll be much better prepared if
they have to do this during a deployment, which helps them be more
efficient and reduces the risk of damaging any gear or the aircraft in
The training also incorporated aeromedical evacuation procedures
including loading and unloading patients, and in-flight emergency
medical response, such as resuscitating a simulated patient experiencing
cardiac arrest while flying.
"This was a great opportunity for our Airmen to build teamwork and
relationships with people from other organizations we don't normally
train with," said Master Sgt. Rob Garcia, a load instructor with the
89th AS. "It will really help us be more effective if we need to work
with other agencies in the future."
"This was a great event that demonstrated a joint effort, highlighting
Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, government agencies and community partners
working and training together to become better and more efficient at
what they do," said Lt. Col. Steven Agard, commander of the 180th FW
Logistics Readiness Squadron. "Outstanding training was provided and
everyone learned and improved."