2013 Vibrant Response Exercise Builds Competent Ready Force
Nov 22, 2013Public
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug. 10-14, 2013. Tucked away beyond the cornfields of Muscatatuck; the training complex spans out over 1,000 acres and is set up like a small town.   “The site itself looked like a zombie apocalypse and had endless possibilities for mass casualty/fatality exercises,” explained Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse, from the 148th Fighter Wing.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. Upon arriving at the site the team begins to set up tents and equipment, which is referred to as establishing the footprint. Master Sgt. Melanie Sloan (left) and Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse (center) begin to expand the tent.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. Tucked away beyond the cornfields of Muscatatuck; the training complex spans out over 1,000 acres and is set up like a small town.   “The site itself looked like a zombie apocalypse and had endless possibilities for mass casualty/fatality exercises,” explained Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse, from the 148th Fighter Wing.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  The troops called to support the mission occupied space based at Forward Operating Base Pather and convoyed daily to the catastrophe site. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Lt. Col. Kelli Hammond (second from the left), who commands more than 150 troops from the 19th CERF-P, is participating in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  Hammond is arranging for movement of Field Search and Recovery Teams (FSRT) on site.  The overarching mission of the Vibrant Response Exercise is to save lives and mitigate suffering, but the reality is that fatalities still occur in real-world situations.  “While the other areas are focused on the living, fatality recovery is still highly critical and it is an added mission that could not otherwise be done,” said Hammond.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. Tucked away beyond the cornfields of Muscatatuck; the training complex spans out over 1,000 acres and is set up like a small town.   “The site itself looked like a zombie apocalypse and had endless possibilities for mass casualty/fatality exercises,” explained Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse, from the 148th Fighter Wing.  The troops called to support the mission occupied space based at Forward Operating Base Pather and convoyed daily to the catastrophe site. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. The 148th members are part of the wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT) and falls under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P). Staff Sgt. Ashley Frederick (left) prepares to lead a team into the hot zone. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. The 148th members are part of the wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT) and falls under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P). Staff Sgt. Ashley Frederick prepares to lead a team into the hot zone. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. Emphasis is always placed on safety while conducting operations.  Medical checks are standard operating procedure to monitor the health of the recovery teams. Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse gets her body temperature checked to ensure she able to participate in the activities of the day.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  The troops called to support the mission occupied space based at Forward Operating Base Pather and convoyed daily to the catastrophe site. Days start early and work shifts on average are twelve hours long.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013. Tucked away beyond the cornfields of Muscatatuck; the training complex spans out over 1,000 acres and is set up like a small town.   “The site itself looked like a zombie apocalypse and had endless possibilities for mass casualty/fatality exercises,” explained Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse, from the 148th Fighter Wing.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: The 148th members are part of the wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT) and falls under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P). For this exercise, held on Aug 10-14, 2013. at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, the team was attached to Indiana’s 181st Intelligence Wing’s FSRT team, who are part of the 19th CERF-P.  A safety briefing is held for the group to help prepare them for the activities of the day.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  Tech Sgt. Aaron Alden helps, team-lead, Master Sgt. Melanie Sloan get suited up to go into the hot zone.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  ““In a real-world incident there is a good possibility that FSRT teams will join together. For this exercise the Minnesota team merged seamlessly with the Indiana team and everyone acted as one recovery group,” noted Capt. Randi Brown, Officer in Command of the two teams. The photo represents a mix of team members preparing to go down range, into the hot-zone, together.
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  “In a real-world incident there is a good possibility that FSRT teams will join together. For this exercise the Minnesota team merged seamlessly with the Indiana team and everyone acted as one recovery group,” noted Capt. Randi Brown, Officer in Command of the two teams. This team has just placed a manikin in a human remains pouch and prepares to take them to a refrigeration unit that has been placed in the hot zone to handle contaminated remains.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)
Photo: Nine members of the 148th Duluth Fighter Wing participated in the Vibrant Response Exercise at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Complex (MUTC), in Indiana, to train for a real-world response to a catastrophic event, Aug 10-14, 2013.  Two of those members included Staff Sgt. Kayla Goorhouse (right) and Senior Airman Andria Nelson (left) enter the decontamination area.  Goorhouse pointed out that, “Our team was able to go through the decontamination (DECON) process and our new members were taught the correct steps by the DECON teams present. This opportunity proved as critical training for our new personnel and also for new members of the DECON teams.” This was Nelson's first FSRT exercise.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig/Released)