Medical personnel tested during Ready EAGLE

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Michael Battles
  • 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Medical personnel from the 6th Medical Group participated in readiness exercise Ready EAGLE from Feb. 22 - 26, 2021, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Ready EAGLE (exercise and assessment in a goal-oriented environment) is a week-long training and assessment consisting of didactic training, hands-on coached scenario walk-throughs, and a full-scale exercise with the goal of facilitating post-Ready EAGLE training and exercise self-sufficiency.

“The Air Force Medical Service has identified gaps in available training resources, team chief mentoring, the amount of time available for internal training, and difficulty exercising unit contingency response capabilities during wing exercises,” said William Hebert, 6th Medical Group Medical Readiness and Plans chief. “Ready EAGLE provides instruction and AF standardized tools to enable medical units to sustain home station preparedness and meet several annual medical training requirements.”

The main goal of the training is to enhance medical contingency response plan readiness, team integration, and all-hazards response skills medics across AFMS.

“Ready EAGLE has left our mighty medics with the skills and confidence to sustain their medical response and contingency skills,” he said. “The teams were provided with developed continuity and standardized tools.”

According to Maj. Cherriza Kellogg, 6th Medical Group Medical Readiness flight commander, the training will develop multi-skilled Airmen.

“This event will aid in developing multifaceted Airmen, ready to respond anytime, anywhere,” she said. “It is also an opportunity for us to assess our current response capabilities and plans to find any vulnerabilities so we can identify solutions, if need be, and continue to be ready.”

She also stated that overall the training will enhance the medical group’s contingency response capabilities and their overall readiness.

“As we continue to accelerate change, it is imperative we understand our current capabilities, eliminate vulnerabilities, enable forward-thinking, and invest in opportunities in developing multifaceted Airmen,” she said. “Ready EAGLE has been a tremendous event in providing the 6th MDG the tools to do so.”