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All hazards approach: 78th CES Emergency Management Flight prepares for disaster response

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, explains the purpose of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear response trailer at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia July 20, 2020. The CBRN trailer has a variety of emergency response equipment stored inside to provide the 78th CES Emergency Management Flight the ability to respond to hazardous situations or deploy short notice to a crisis on base or in the local area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, performs equipment checks on a self-contained breathing apparatus inside the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear response trailer at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, July 20, 2020. The 78th CES Emergency Management Flight personnel perform equipment checks once a week to ensure emergency response equipment is ready and capable to be used and deployed in time of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.-- --

Robins Air Force Base is no stranger to training. The 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Flight provides essential training that helps build the framework for a prepared base and community.

Man holding equipment
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, performs equipment checks on the AMD 300 Radiation Detection equipment inside the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear response trailer at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, July 20, 2020. The 78th CES Emergency Management Flight personnel perform equipment checks once a week to ensure emergency response equipment is ready and capable to be used and deployed in time of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
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All hazards approach: 78th CES Emergency Management Flight prepares Team Robins for disaster response
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, performs equipment checks on the AMD 300 Radiation Detection equipment inside the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear response trailer at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, July 20, 2020. The 78th CES Emergency Management Flight personnel perform equipment checks once a week to ensure emergency response equipment is ready and capable to be used and deployed in time of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo By: Joseph Mather
VIRIN: 200720-F-ED303-1004
“A lot of people make the mistake that our sole role is to teach Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear class,” said Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th CES Emergency Management Flight Emergency Management Training journeyman. “But we actually prepare, prevent, mitigate, recover, and respond to any natural disasters or CBRN events.”

The flight provides essential training, protection and rapid response both locally and globally.

“We protect our communities before, during and after emergencies,” said Master Sgt. David Rodriguez, 78th CES Emergency Management Flight superintendent. “Our community is typically the base we’re assigned to and other surrounding communities and partners.”

The scope and nature of an emergency can degrade a community and puts resources and their people at risk.

“Our Mobile Emergency Operations Center is a Federal Emergency Management Administration-type capability that allows us to mirror the capabilities of our facility Emergency Operations Center nearby an incident scene, such as an aircraft crash,” said Rodriguez. “We can operate in the field indefinitely to provide the incident commander with resource support to mitigate any incident.”

The flight has eight Headquarter Air Force mission assigned areas.

“We also maintain and train on joint service equipment, which allows us to conduct sensitive-site exploitation and assessments of enemy weapons of mass destruction capabilities,” said Rodriguez. “The flight can provide presumptive-positive indication of enemy use of WMD to the combatant commander and senior National Military Command Structure.”

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, tests equipment inside the Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, July 20, 2020. The MEOC is a Federal Emergency Management Administration type capability vehicle that allows the 78th CES Emergency Management Flight to mirror the capabilities of its facility Emergency Operations Center nearby an incident scene, such as an aircraft crash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
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All hazards approach: 78th CES Emergency Management Flight prepares Team Robins for disaster response
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Jameson Tate, 78th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training journeyman with the Emergency Management Flight, tests equipment inside the Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, July 20, 2020. The MEOC is a Federal Emergency Management Administration type capability vehicle that allows the 78th CES Emergency Management Flight to mirror the capabilities of its facility Emergency Operations Center nearby an incident scene, such as an aircraft crash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo By: Joseph Mather
VIRIN: 200720-F-ED303-1002
Their mission requires emergency management technicians to have a variety of skills.

“We use a variety of equipment to both detect CBRN hazards and also decontaminate and eliminate them," said Rodriguez. “It’s extremely important for all emergency management technicians to be proficient with all this equipment due to the wide array of hazards we cover.”

Whether the emergency is natural or man-made the team trains for a variety of situations.

"The Emergency Management Flight is vital to any base and warfighter because it is through our guidance that a base is able to defend themselves and recover from natural disasters, CBRN threats and man-made events,” said Senior Airman Stephanie Runge, 78th CES Emergency Management Flight Operations Management journeymen. “We have an Installation Emergency Management Plan that compiles all the hazards and physical threats to a base and each unit’s plans, procedures and checklists on how to deal with them.”

Rodriguez agreed.

“We train both military and civilians to help meet our goal of a safe community at Robins Air Force Base, but our military receives additional training to survive and operate during war or contingencies where these warfighters may be sent into harm’s way,” said Rodriguez.