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Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, secures a simulated sample of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT helped prepare participants for potential real-world scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, secures a simulated sample of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT helped prepare participants for potential real-world scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Airman 1st Class Amanda Vazquez-Lloret, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, scans a door with an ADM-300 during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The ADM-300 is used by bioenvironmental engineers to detect alpha, beta and gamma levels of radiation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Airman 1st Class Amanda Vazquez-Lloret, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, scans a door with an ADM-300 during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The ADM-300 is used by bioenvironmental engineers to detect alpha, beta and gamma levels of radiation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight and 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental flight scout the perimeter of a building during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The perimeter was scouted before entry to ensure no simulated hazardous substances were in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight and 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental flight scout the perimeter of a building during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The perimeter was scouted before entry to ensure no simulated hazardous substances were in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, scans for harmful substances during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT is an annual exercise conducted by Air Combat Command that teams together emergency management and bioenvironmental flights to practice responding to real world chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, scans for harmful substances during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT is an annual exercise conducted by Air Combat Command that teams together emergency management and bioenvironmental flights to practice responding to real world chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, dons a gas mask during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Gas masks are used to protect individuals from harmful airborne pollutants and toxic gases. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, dons a gas mask during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Gas masks are used to protect individuals from harmful airborne pollutants and toxic gases. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airmen James Corvin, left, and Elliseo Trujillo, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineers, perform a health risk assessment during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. An HRA provides individuals with an evaluation of their health risks such as blood pressure, heart rate and overall health. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airmen James Corvin, left, and Elliseo Trujillo, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineers, perform a health risk assessment during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. An HRA provides individuals with an evaluation of their health risks such as blood pressure, heart rate and overall health. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, retrieves a simulated sample of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B from a training body during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT was a weeklong training exercise that consisted of classroom instruction and response scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, retrieves a simulated sample of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B from a training body during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT was a weeklong training exercise that consisted of classroom instruction and response scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, communicates to her teammates with a land mobile radio during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. LMRs provide a means of wireless communications to help Airmen converse while in their protective suits.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, communicates to her teammates with a land mobile radio during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. LMRs provide a means of wireless communications to help Airmen converse while in their protective suits.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airman Oshane Wint, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, decontaminates Maj. Michael Smith, 4th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Individuals undergo decontamination upon return from a hazardous environment to prevent further spread of contamination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airman Oshane Wint, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, decontaminates Maj. Michael Smith, 4th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Individuals undergo decontamination upon return from a hazardous environment to prevent further spread of contamination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Maj. Michael Smith, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, recover a simulated dose of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT offered a joint training environment to help refine response skills for multiple units on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
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Maj. Michael Smith, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, recover a simulated dose of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT offered a joint training environment to help refine response skills for multiple units on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, checks for harmful substances with a multi-ray during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT is an annual exercise that evaluates the performance of first responders by running them through multiple scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear situations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
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Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans section NCO in charge, checks for harmful substances with a multi-ray during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT is an annual exercise that evaluates the performance of first responders by running them through multiple scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear situations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, right, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, attaches an electronic personal dosimeter to Airman 1st Class Amanda Vazquez-Lloret, 4th AMDS bioenvironmental engineer, during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. An EPD monitors exposure to radiation levels in real time and emits an audible and visual alarm when radiation presence is high. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
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Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, right, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, attaches an electronic personal dosimeter to Airman 1st Class Amanda Vazquez-Lloret, 4th AMDS bioenvironmental engineer, during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. An EPD monitors exposure to radiation levels in real time and emits an audible and visual alarm when radiation presence is high. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, places doses of simulated Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B in a handheld assay during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT consisted of a variety of scenarios that evaluated the responsiveness and knowledge of the participating agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
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Maj. Michael Smith, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, places doses of simulated Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B in a handheld assay during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. IBERCT consisted of a variety of scenarios that evaluated the responsiveness and knowledge of the participating agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, extracts a sample of a liquid concoction during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The bioenvironmental flight performed routine tests on the liquid to identify any hazardous substances. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)
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Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, left, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer, extracts a sample of a liquid concoction during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, June 24, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The bioenvironmental flight performed routine tests on the liquid to identify any hazardous substances. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Multiple 4th Fighter Wing units joined together to accomplish first response training beneficial to maintaining the safety and well-being of Airmen here, June 22-26.

Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight and 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer flight partnered up to conduct an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise, or IBERCT, to help prepare them for real-world scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats.

"IBERCT is a joint-training adventure designed to hone in response skills from fire and emergency services, emergency management and bioenvironmental," Tech. Sgt. Jessica Clayton, 4th CES emergency management plans section NCO in charge. "It gives us an opportunity to learn together and get hands-on experience integrated as one team."

The exercise consisted of a variety of scenarios across the base that tested the knowledge and responsiveness of the participating agencies. Some scenarios challenged Airmen to safely retrieve simulated hazardous samples in a simulated chemical environment, or to conduct post-action reconnaissance sweeps and undergo decontamination.

"Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and hazardous material incidents do not happen all the time," Clayton said. "If we need to protect the base during a life-threatening incident, we have to train beforehand to ensure we are ready for the real event.  This training gave us the opportunity to do that."

The weeklong training is performed annually throughout Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command bases. The Alliance Solutions Group Inc., from Newport News, Va., travels to each ACC installation and helps coordinate IBERCT exercises.

"This was a very beneficial exercise supported by ACC because it allowed us to integrate with emergency management to learn each agency's capabilities in the event of an incident," said Senior Airman Elliseo Trujillo, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer. "Additionally, it allowed the younger Airmen to apply their training and offered more seasoned Airmen the opportunity to lead under each circumstance."

The multiple scenarios throughout the week strengthened the awareness and execution of the Airmen participating. Clayton said that the knowledge gained from IBERCT is invaluable to their ability to mitigate incidents.

"The training is designed to test our tactics, techniques and procedures as well as validate our checklists, Clayton added. "We learn the latest techniques and how other bases respond.  We incorporate that into our response to ensure we are doing everything properly."

Airmen worked effectively to guarantee tasks were being completed correctly and efficiently. Trujillo said throughout IBERCT everyone had a strong work ethic and high energy level to effectively complete the identification and quantification of human health hazards.

"We got hands-on experience with all of our response equipment and utilized various resources to better assess each scenario and give the incident commander recommendations with confidence," Trujillo said. "I think we did well considering there has been an influx of new faces among both work places. We didn't have much familiarity or rapport in the beginning, but we still were able to effectively come together to accomplish each objective outlined for us."
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