Communication key during 439th AES exercise

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  • By Senior Airman Dylan Auger
  • 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron practiced their ability to establish and maintain communication in a Foreign Operating Area, or deployed environment, April 10 at Westover Air Reserve Base.

“In this exercise, we are the AES liaison team acting as a foreign operating base, communicating with an established base, which is the aeromedical operations team,” said Senior Airman Cameron Casarotto, 439th AES.

The exercise consisted of two teams stationed at different places across the base. They focused on using Satellite communication devices to relay messages between locations.

“This is showing that we can always establish communication,” said Casarotto. “For aeromedical evac situations, being able to communicate with planes in the sky, as well as people ground level who may need help is extremely important and being able to do that from anywhere is essential.”

Airmen sent and received oral and digital communication.

“Having this equipment allows us to send encrypted patient information back and forth to all locations as needed,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Norris, 439th AES.

Norris said the training is essential to maintain preparedness in the event that alternative forms of communication are necessary to complete the mission.

“Training is important to be battlefield ready,” said Norris. “We can have boots down and communication established within an hour, from anywhere in the world.”