US service members conduct joint exercise, with support from coalition partners

French Army Sgt. Maj. Fred Oziql, a nurse, completes paperwork on a simulated patient, French Army Cpl. Chef Noida Ratibou, during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The French hospital and medevac crew participated in the exercise to improve emergency response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher) CJTF-HOA Photo French Army Sgt. Maj. Fred Oziql, a nurse, completes paperwork on a simulated patient, French Army Cpl. Chef Noida Ratibou, during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The French hospital and medevac crew participated in the exercise to improve emergency response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher)
A French Army medevac crew flew simulated patients to Camp Lemonnier and transferred them to the Expeditionary Medical Facility for treatment, during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The exercise was held to test the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. "Portions of this image were blurred for security purposes." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher) CJTF-HOA Photo A French Army medevac crew flew simulated patients to Camp Lemonnier and transferred them to the Expeditionary Medical Facility for treatment, during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The exercise was held to test the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. "Portions of this image were blurred for security purposes." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher)
An evaluator observes U.S. Navy Chaplains, Lt. Crystal McPhail and Lt. Cmdr. Dana Reed, visit with French Army Cpl. Cinq-Val Anthony, who was a simulated casualty during a mass casualty exercise conducted at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The exercise was held to test the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. "Portions of this image were blurred for security purposes."  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher) CJTF-HOA Photo An evaluator observes U.S. Navy Chaplains, Lt. Crystal McPhail and Lt. Cmdr. Dana Reed, visit with French Army Cpl. Cinq-Val Anthony, who was a simulated casualty during a mass casualty exercise conducted at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The exercise was held to test the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. "Portions of this image were blurred for security purposes." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher)
U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 82 Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, carry simulated patients during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20 2013. All branches of the U.S. military participated in the exercise as well as French and German partner nations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher) CJTF-HOA Photo U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 82 Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, carry simulated patients during a mass casualty exercise held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20 2013. All branches of the U.S. military participated in the exercise as well as French and German partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher)
A U.S. Navy medic, Petty Officer 2nd Class Rolando Brooks, assists German counterparts with loading a simulated patient into their ambulance during a mass casualty exercise conducted at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The multi-national joint service exercise tested the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher) CJTF-HOA Photo A U.S. Navy medic, Petty Officer 2nd Class Rolando Brooks, assists German counterparts with loading a simulated patient into their ambulance during a mass casualty exercise conducted at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 20, 2013. The multi-national joint service exercise tested the base’s capabilities in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher)

Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the base's capabilities in the event of an emergency, Nov. 20, 2013.

"Our goals are to test our ability to react to multiple disasters simultaneously and the response," said U.S. Navy Capt. Rom Stevens, Surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians joined together to provide emergency services, such as mass casualty care, mortuary services and air evacuation.

French forces contributed to the exercise by providing air evacuation and use of their hospital, while the Germans provided ambulances, Stevens said.

The French Army along with U.S. Air Force pararescuemen flew simulated patients to base, to test medevac capabilities.  The injured were assessed and treated by medical professionals on camp to prepare them for medevac.

"My job was to make sure the patients were validated, put into the tracing system and manifested on a flight for further medical care," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Leslie Mugg, medevac liaison nurse officer.

Medevac operations conducted alongside the French Army were successful, Mugg said.

"I was very happy with how fluid and seamless things went, and it was a great training and learning environment," she said.

This was the first exercise of its kind for CJTF-HOA and Camp, and was the result of many months of planning.

"The exercise went quite well," Stevens said.  "It pointed out further areas we need to refine to improve our response and most importantly improve our ability to interact in a crisis situation with our French and German allies, Stevens said.

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