Airmen train in homeland response

Homeland Response

Airmen and soldiers assigned to the Missouri National Guard Homeland Response Force (HRF) conduct training in Springfield, Mo., from June 15-16, 2018. The HRFs mission is to assist civilian agencies and authorities during natural disasters. (Courtesy photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing recently embarked on a Homeland Response Force training mission here June 15-16, 2018. The training is designed to assist civilian agencies and authorities during natural disasters.

“We have four large tents that take at least eight to 15 people to setup,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Wendy Danner, superintendent of Detachment 1, 139th Medical Group.

Danner also said the tents have equipment that could be found in an emergency room such as ventilators, ultrasound machines, IV pumps, and other types of trauma equipment.

36 personnel from Rosecrans contributed to the overall success of the collective training event.

In a real world scenario, the HRF has 6 hours from time of notification to be in route to the affected area.

“It can be a big impact upon family,” said Danner. She said it is a huge reality check.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Danielle Dewey was the medical logistician for the training event. Dewey said having an opportunity to train with traditional guardsmen is a breath of fresh air.

The airmen setup tents, tables, chairs, gurneys, and generators to power mobile heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, as well as medical equipment.

It was a perfect trip to receive ideas and improve processes, said Dewey.