Medics hone wartime skills at 'Camp Snoopy'
By Steve Pivnick, 81st Medical Group Public Affairs
/ Published April 24, 2007
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- An simulated explosion greeted the busload of 81st Medical Group medics April 17 as they neared "Camp Snoopy," set up adjacent to the medical readiness warehouse near the child development center.
The 26 personnel, all in Air Expeditionary Forces 7 and 8, were taking part in medical unit readiness training to prepare for possible deployment to Southwest Asia.
Four instructors from 81st MDG readiness flight, led by Master Sgt. Mary Sarris, oversaw events simulating potential situations the medics might encounter during their deployment.
The exercise scenario had the group just arriving in-country and en route to Camp Snoopy. On the way, they learned improvised explosive devices had exploded, causing 10 casualties, portrayed by actually medical group volunteers.
While still on the bus, the medics were alerted to a possible chemical attack and donned mission-oriented protective posture gear. They remained in MOPP-4 while attending to the 10 patients. The medics sent litter teams to evaluate the patients and take them to a casualty collection point.
Sergeant Sarris said the collection point had only minimum supplies, equipment and medical personnel.
Once there, the medics treated the patients and called for transport to a higher level of care.