Defense

June 27, 2012

Airmen train with Kyrgyzstan partners

by SrA. Brett Clashman
Koi Tash Military Academy, Kyrgyzstan

SSgt. Adam Auzchek and Kyrgyz Republic Sgt. Nuvalik Bekovah move a simulated casualty on to a litter during a mass casualty scenario as part of Exercise Regional Cooperation 12, at the Koi Tash Military Academy, Kyrgyzstan, June 22, 2012. The U.S. and Kyrgyz Republic, along with partner nations Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan worked to strengthen their partnership through this cooperation and mutual capabilities in the exercise. Regional Cooperation 12 is a multinational exercise designed to strengthen relationships and promote regional cooperation among the participating nations while offering coordinated, rapid response scenarios in the event of a disaster affecting multiple countries within the region. Auzchek is a 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management journeyman deployed out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and is a native of Denver, Colo.

Exercise Regional Cooperation 2012, a multinational exercise designed to strengthen relationships and promote regional cooperation among participating nations, is being held at the Koi Tash Military Academy, Kyrgyzstan, June 18 to 28. The exercise tested participants’ emergency management capabilities while working to strengthen interoperability between all involved.

MSgt. Michael English (left) and Kyrgyz Republic Sgt. Nuvlau Imanbekov assess the readings of simulated contaminated materials as part of a chemical biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives training scenario during Exercise Regional Cooperation 12 at the Koi Tash Military Academy, June 22, 2012. English is a 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight chief deployed out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and is a native of Washington, Ga.

Service members from the Transit Center at Manas and the Massachusetts National Guard, along with representatives from the exercise’s host nation, Kyrgyzstan, trained side-by-side with personnel from Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan during the 10-day event.

“The multilateral exercise is meant to bring participants together while working to increase interoperability, communication and cooperation,” said Army Maj. John Dickey, 51st Troop Command assistant operations officer with the Massachusetts National Guard.

“The exercise is a great opportunity to work with our Kyrgyz partners,” said MSgt. Michael English, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight chief.

English was a participant in the chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear, explosive training scenarios and worked directly with Kyrgyz Republic partners during the exercise.

“English commented that while they came in as strangers, they left as friends. “We built a friendship; we bonded. They took the knowledge we were able to provide them and they just ran with it.”

Representatives conducted training in a variety of scenarios simulating a response to a natural disaster; members from the Transit Center were able to experience a hands-on information exchange, something many would not normally experience in their daily operations.

“Even though we use different types of equipment, exchanging the knowledge and expertise is what matters and it’s a very rewarding feeling,” said CMSgt. Stephen Groszek, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron fire chief deployed out of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.

Overcoming a language barrier was also a challenge from many.

SSgt. Eduardo Ausmann observes Kyrgyz Republic Lt. Salamat Temirbekov search for simulated contaminated materials as part a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives training scenario during Exercise Regional Cooperation 12 at the Koi Tash Military Academy, June 22, 2012. Service members from the Transit Center at Manas participated in the exercise to help strengthen relationships and cooperation of attending nations. Ausmann is a 376th Expeditionary Medical Group biomedical engineer deployed out of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is a native of Jacksonville, Fla.

“We had a language barrier to work with when we started, but with the patience and help of interpreters, everyone was successful in getting the message across,” Groszek said.

Groszek, who oversaw the search and rescue operations scenarios, such as simulated river rescues, victim under a car and medical recovery of mass casualties, commented on the cooperation he saw during practical portion of the exercise.

“One thing I’ve taken to heart is that we’re all the same,” he said. “We all have one common goal while we are here. We may perform our mission with different techniques, but in the end, we reach our goal. That is what is important here.”

Kyrgyz Republic Sgt. Nuvlau Imanbekov searches for simulated contaminated materials as part of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives training scenario.

Kyrgyz Republic Cpl. Azamat Kemirkov places a landmine marker in the ground during Exercise Regional Cooperation 12.




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