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NEWS | July 14, 2017

JBLE participates in aircraft exercise

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

As Joint Base Langley-Eustis service members pay their respects to the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy, in their tragic loss on July 10, 2017, real-world and exercise incidents are used as reminders to our service members that accidents or incidents are a reality in military life and it is why service members need to be ready to respond at any time.


Thoughout the year, Joint Base Langley-Eustis service members are tested to make sure they are prepared for any real-world scenario that may be thrown their way.  Recently the 633rd Air Base Wing and 1st Fighter Wing evaluated their capabilities by conducting an aircraft incident/crash exercise at Langley Air Force Base, July 11, 2017.


“Exercises are utilized to inspect and evaluate our capabilities; however, they are also a time to learn from our mistakes and improve our processes,” said Randall Renaud, 633rd Air Base Wing inspector general exercise program manager. “This exercise was no different; we will be able to learn from this exercise and better prepare our personnel to be ready in the event an incident does occur.”


The purpose of the exercise was to provide functional area training to minimize loss of life and injuries while teaching Airmen how to respond to an aircraft mishap or crash in a real-world event.


When an aircraft incident or mishap occurs, the emergency responding personnel range from fire protection to bio-environmental.


“Every one of the Airmen as individuals contributes to the entire team to ensure that things are done correctly and in a timely manner,” said Staff Sgt. Ionnis Gousis a 633d Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental engineering craftsman.. “Each member played a crucial role in this incident and we have supreme confidence in their ability to respond in any scenario whether real world or exercise.”


According to Renaud, exercises are not about a score or making an organization look good or bad.  They are about finding out areas of improvement and ensuring we provide our Airmen the resources and time they need to continuously improve. 


“This event was successful because of personnel from all five wings on JBLE,” said Renuad “Overall, most of the objectives were met and we will be able to learn from this exercise and better prepare our personnel to be ready in the event an incident does occur.