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Bill Mays, 81st Training Wing inspections specialist, monitors training progress during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Bill Mays, 81st Training Wing inspections specialist, monitors training progress during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mia Duggan, 81st Dental Squadron dental technician, assembles a decontamination tent during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mia Duggan, 81st Dental Squadron dental technician, assembles a decontamination tent during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman Kelsey Wozniak, 81st Medical Support Squadron medical technician student, portrays an injured victim during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman Kelsey Wozniak, 81st Medical Support Squadron medical technician student, portrays an injured victim during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group assemble a decontamination tent during an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group assemble a decontamination tent during an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Braden Underwood, 81st Healthcare Operations Squadron medical technician, and Master Sgt. Lawrence Whitmore, 81st Operational Medicine Readiness Squadron medical technician, apply triage to Airman 1st Class Robert Langhi, 81st Medical Support Squadron student, as he portrays an injured victim during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Braden Underwood, 81st Healthcare Operations Squadron medical technician, and Master Sgt. Lawrence Whitmore, 81st Operational Medicine Readiness Squadron medical technician, apply triage to Airman 1st Class Robert Langhi, 81st Medical Support Squadron student, as he portrays an injured victim during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mia Duggan, 81st Dental Squadron dental technician, and Staff Sgt. Seheum Park, 81st Operational Medicine Readiness Squadron medical administrator, wash a "victim" inside a decontamination tent during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mia Duggan, 81st Dental Squadron dental technician, and Staff Sgt. Seheum Park, 81st Operational Medicine Readiness Squadron medical administrator, wash a "victim" inside a decontamination tent during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group participate in an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group participate in an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brianna Beckford, 81st Medical Support Squadron outpatient records administrator, and Senior Airman Chrysdarius Meneses, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron radiology administrator, verify patient information during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brianna Beckford, 81st Medical Support Squadron outpatient records administrator, and Senior Airman Chrysdarius Meneses, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron radiology administrator, verify patient information during an 81st Medical Group functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario involved a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held to prepare for real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group participate in an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario included a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held in preparation of real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group participate in an 81st MDG functional exercise behind the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 15, 2021. The scenario included a chlorine cylinder explosion causing chemical burns and other injuries on several victims. The mass casualty exercise was held in preparation of real-world events by strengthening disaster medical response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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