AFSOC hosts aircrew chemical decontamination exercise

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Commandos hosted June 6-10 here an Air Force-level aircrew decontamination exercise.

Air Force Special Operations Command’s operations directorate ran a realistic, scenario-based, training program for 16 aircrew flight equipment (AFE) Airmen from eight southern United States bases. They rehearsed the actions and techniques of protecting aircrews from incapacitating contamination when operating in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) combat environment.

“Our purpose was to exercise the capabilities of the AFE 9ALCW unit type code (UTC), and also to provide training for folks who have either never seen the decontamination process, or have not seen it in a considerable amount of time,” said Chief Master Sgt. Dale Lawrence, AFSOC AFE branch chief.

This deployment UTC – usually with 19 AFE specialists — is used for aircrew chemical defense decontamination operations, to include setting up a contamination control area and processing aircrews through it. The exercise here provided training for the individuals on the equipment and procedures as if they are operating from a forward operating location.

The assembled participants came from Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and AFSOC.

“(They) pulled people from throughout the Air Force to test, because…

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