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    Civil engineer Airmen learn disaster response skills at Global Dragon

    Civil engineer Airmen learn disaster response skills at Global Dragon

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez | Civil engineer team members participate in a route clearing exercise simulating an...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez 

    188th Wing

    Civil engineer operations students from the 147th Attack Wing learned route clearing skills during Exercise Global Dragon 2019, held at the Guardian Centers of Georgia, here, May 29, 2019.

    In the aftermath of a natural disaster, clearing transportation routes in a reasonable amount of time can save lives and prevent additional destruction.

    “These skillsets could be used, for instance, during hurricane Harvey, when emergency services could not get into communities,” said Senior Master Sgt. Nathan Sullivan, a Global Dragon instructor from the 147th Attack Wing. “Storms blow down powerlines, trees and cars. We can come in and clear the route for responders to get through.”

    Students put their skills to the test at a scenario called Tornado Alley, a road made to simulate the after-effects of a tornado as close to real life as possible. Students are challenged with overturned cars, buses, downed power lines, steel beams, and trees thrown across in an unstable manner. Every piece of debris needs to be pushed and cut meticulously to ensure responders stay safe.

    Sullivan said that training and expert instruction his Airmen receive here at Global Dragon is unlike anything else.

    “There is no way we could set up a scenario that this exercise could do; they have been amazing,” he said. “We get to come here and have the experts with us.”

    Global Dragon is a biannual, Air National Guard led exercise providing training for career fields across the mission support enterprise in as close to real-world conditions as possible.



    Date Taken: 05.29.2019
    Date Posted: 05.30.2019 10:48
    Story ID: 324513
    Location: PERRY, GA, US 
    Hometown: HOUSTON, TX, US

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