Health & Safety

January 17, 2014

Nellis Airmen volunteer for search, rescue exercise

Senior Airman Brett Clashman
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — An exercise entailing joint search and rescue capability centered on training members of the Red Rock Search and Rescue, Nevada Civil Air Patrol and National Association of Search and Rescue, lasted one week, split into two weekends, Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 3-5 at the Valley of Fire State Park, Perkins Airport in Overton and Stewarts Point in Lake Mead, Nev.

Four Airmen from Nellis AFB were involved directly with the exercise, along with 60 participants, allowing for the Nevada CAP to host and be the lead agency on a search for a simulated missing aircraft while providing logistical support to ensure the exercise is properly carried out.

The four volunteers were Staff Sgt. David Sidle, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter; Senior Airman Grayson Grantham, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution journeyman; Maj. David Wyrick, 315th Weapons Squadron assistant director of operations; and Senior Master Sgt. John Mayfield, 99th Medical Group functional area manager.

“This was the first time these agencies worked together in this capacity from a forward operating base/incident command post at Overton,” Sidle said. “The CAP wanted to break the stigma of that, ‘We can’t play with others’ approach and show that we can work together in any capacity.”

Both Sidle and Grantham were CAP cadets when they were teenagers and later, transitioned as CAP instructors shortly after joining active duty Air Force.

The exercise was broken into three portions. The first portion was educational and held in a classroom. The second portion was hands-on learning in the field at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, and the third portion was the operational search and rescue scenario.

“With every exercise comes a challenge. You might have to simulate medical emergencies but have no medic,” Grantham said. “The combined effort [of all the participants] brought a lot of training and experiences that Air Force does not get to see.”

The joint exercise combined experiences to not only graduate a class of NASAR members but to provide training.

“The exercise gave everyone participating in search and rescue the multiagency training needed for rea world event,” Grantham said.

Grantham shared his experience working with several major agencies involved in the exercise.

“I loved it. Getting the opportunity to not only play and work this exercise, learning how to command a large capacity was awesome,” Grantham said. “Being a Senior Airman in the Air Force, I don’t get the luxury to manage something so large; it helped my ability to lead immensely.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Nellis Chaplain Corps’ diversity offers different point of view

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Approximately 14.6 percent of today’s U.S. military members are women. For decades, women have held high-ranking positions leading Airmen in times of war and peace, and for approximately 40 years, women have also led Airmen spiritually as military chaplains. Two female chaplains and a female chaplain candidate serve at...
 
 
U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Jason Coulliard

Don’t drink, drive: AADD saves lives

U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Jason Coulliard AADD operates from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. All calls are anonymous and there is no charge to use the service. Although AADD seems like a conv...
 
 

U.S. Navy trains side by side with 99th SFS

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Once a month, the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center-Las Vegas pairs up with the 99th Security Forces Squadron to check ID cards and secure the gates here. The members of the U.S. NOSC Las Vegas were looking for a creative way to enhance the training experience of their Master...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

Re-sale lot helps owners sell vehicles

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle The Nellis Air Force Base re-sale lot is open to active duty, retirees, civilian employees, dependents, reservists and guard members to sell their vehicles. The Arts and Cr...
 
 
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Hubbard

Romania air base replaces Transit Center Manas

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Hubbard Oregon Army National Guard, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers from load onto a C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 13, 2013, bound for Afghanistan from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, ...
 
 

Ask the Doc

  Q: How do I file a medical appeal?   A: To file a medical appeal, follow the instructions on your explanation of benefits or determination letter for your denied claim. Send your appeal to your regional contractor. See below for the address. Claims Appeals: North Region Health Net Federal Services, LLC. TRICARE Claim Appeals...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin