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Patriot Delta prepares AES units for deployment

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

Patriot Delta participants carry a litter with a medical manikin patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Patriot Delta participants carry a litter with a medical manikin patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, offloads a patient onto a specialized medical K loader during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, offloads a patient onto a specialized medical K loader during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Tech. Sgt. Brandi Seibel, 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, Staff Sgt. Tyler Port, 911th AES medical technician, and 1st Lt. Ashley Stough, 911th AES flight nurse, discuss the mechanics of an impact suction unit during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Tech. Sgt. Brandi Seibel, 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, Staff Sgt. Tyler Port, 911th AES medical technician, and 1st Lt. Ashley Stough, 911th AES flight nurse, discuss the mechanics of an impact suction unit during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Maj. Kelly Rose, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron operations flight commander, instructs Tech. Sgt. Richard Manutag, 312th Airlift Squadron operations technician, on how to properly secure a litter onto an aircraft during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017.  Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Maj. Kelly Rose, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron operations flight commander, instructs Tech. Sgt. Richard Manutag, 312th Airlift Squadron operations technician, on how to properly secure a litter onto an aircraft during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)
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An aeromedical evacuation team litter carries a simulated patient at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario took place the first day of the two-day aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek)

Patriot Delta participants carry a litter with a medical manikin patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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Patriot Delta participants carry a litter with a medical manikin patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, offloads a patient onto a specialized medical K loader during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, offloads a patient onto a specialized medical K loader during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Tech. Sgt. Brandi Seibel, 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, Staff Sgt. Tyler Port, 911th AES medical technician, and 1st Lt. Ashley Stough, 911th AES flight nurse, discuss the mechanics of an impact suction unit during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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Tech. Sgt. Brandi Seibel, 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, Staff Sgt. Tyler Port, 911th AES medical technician, and 1st Lt. Ashley Stough, 911th AES flight nurse, discuss the mechanics of an impact suction unit during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Maj. Kelly Rose, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron operations flight commander, instructs Tech. Sgt. Richard Manutag, 312th Airlift Squadron operations technician, on how to properly secure a litter onto an aircraft during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017.  Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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Maj. Kelly Rose, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron operations flight commander, instructs Tech. Sgt. Richard Manutag, 312th Airlift Squadron operations technician, on how to properly secure a litter onto an aircraft during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Patriot Delta brought in aeromedical evacuations squadrons from the from the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., the 908th AW at Maxwell Air Force Base, Miss.; the 932d Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.; and the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

An ambulance bus from the 60th Inpatient Squadron backs up to a C-130 Hercules from Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Members of the 60th IPTS participated in the Air Force Reserve exercise Patriot Delta, providing enroute patient care and staging the medical manikins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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An ambulance bus from the 60th Inpatient Squadron backs up to a C-130 Hercules from Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Penn., during Patriot Delta at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. on March 24, 2017. Members of the 60th IPTS participated in the Air Force Reserve exercise Patriot Delta, providing enroute patient care and staging the medical manikins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 349th Air Mobility Wing hosted an aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta, on March 24 to March 26 at Travis Air Force Base.

“We did the whole ground operations as well as flying for patient movement on a C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-17 Globemaster III,” said Col. Jeanne LaFountain, 349th AES commander. “The missions included engine-running onload of patients and a tail swap.”

Additionally, the AES teams faced an unexpected emergency patient who needed to be transported to the next level of care, said LaFountain.

“We also provided aircraft familiarization on the C-5 Super Galaxy and the KC-10 Extender,” said LaFountain. “These are aircraft we don’t routinely transport patients on. Because Travis has both of these aircraft on this base, we decided it would be a good opportunity for the other units who have probably not been on those aircraft to see what capabilities they have.”

Patriot Delta provided a joint training environment for squadrons that have the same air expeditionary force cycle to build comradery and share best practices.

The exercise included the 349th AES from Travis AFB, California; the 908th AES from Maxwell AFB, Alabama; the 911th AES from Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania; the 932nd AES from Scott AFB, Illinois; and the 375th AES active duty unit from Scott AFB.

In addition, the 349th Air Mobility Operation Squadron and the active-duty 60th Inpatient Squadron from Travis AFB were participants.

Patriot Delta fulfilled operational needs to include patient movement and communication between command and control, aeromedical operation team and the medical treatment facility, said Maj. Maria Vazquez, 349th AES flight nurse. Communication between those three command cells is vital to inpatient movement for safety, efficiency and productivity.

349th AES wanted to make the exercise as real world as possible, said Capt. Siobhan Bergeron, 349th AES flight nurse.

“Playing with the active duty and practicing the way we operate in real contingency environment is more vital than just training,” said Vazquez.

“It’s refreshing to train while incorporating both active duty and reserve components because when we deploy it’s mixed in that facet as well,” said Bergeron.

At the end of the exercise units came together for a hot wash to discuss lessons learned and where they can improve, said LaFountain.

“I think it’s important that we be patience with one another,” said Bergeron. “I think we’ve seen that, as well as being flexible while identifying training gaps.”

“I’m hoping that the takeaway after this exercise is that this is a valuable way to train, and that we can expand it out to make this a larger total force type of training,” said LaFountain.