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Liberty Medics advance ACE capabilities in MAX 20-20

Maj. Stacey Walker assigned to the 48th Medical Operation Squadron, prepares an IV solution bag during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Maj. Stacey Walker assigned to the 48th Medical Operation Squadron, prepares an IV solution bag during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Maj. Christopher Ng, assigned to the 48th Surgical Services Squadron, performs a simulated surgery during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Maj. Christopher Ng, assigned to the 48th Surgical Services Squadron, performs a simulated surgery during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An Airman assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing Medical Group secures a medical simulation manikin during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An Airman assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing Medical Group secures a medical simulation manikin during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Angela Kim, emergency medical service program manager at the 48th Medical Group, prepares a medical simulation manikin for Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Angela Kim, emergency medical service program manager at the 48th Medical Group, prepares a medical simulation manikin for Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Angela Kim, emergency medical service program manager at the 48th Medical Group, prepares a medical simulation manikin for Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Angela Kim, emergency medical service program manager at the 48th Medical Group, prepares a medical simulation manikin for Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020. During the exercise, medical personnel received unique training and challenged their proficiency, practicing medical skills and procedures while treating simulated injuries in a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – The 48th Medical Group tested its Agile Combat Employment capabilities during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, Sept. 29, 2020.

Liberty Medics operated an offsite medical facility at RAF Feltwell, which demonstrated the 48th Fighter Wing’s ability to support ACE mission sets by maneuvering assets to various strategic locations.

“We established an expeditionary medical system that consists of an emergency room, operating room, primary care clinic, pharmacy, and preventative medicine unit,” said Maj. Shawn Banion, 48th Medical Support Squadron alternate wing exercise team chief. “This system represents a basic clinic in a deployed environment.”

Operationalizing concepts designed to enhance agility, strategy and resiliency, Airmen had the opportunity to practice medical skills and procedures through various scenarios involving surgical operations, dental procedures, and infectious disease control.

Flexibility and cohesive teamwork within medical units are essential to defense and operational capabilities in a contested medical environment.

“Our members are readily available to assist other sections,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jolynn Kari, 48th Medical Support Squadron superintendent. “For example, if there is a mass casualty in the ER, a provider from internal medicine could assist in the ER.”

Medical personnel would normally have to deploy to a temporary duty location to receive the training similar to what they received during MAX 20-20.

“We periodically have to go and sustain our skills by training at a base in [the United States],” said Banion. “Instead of having a lot of personnel out of pocket, we get to receive credit for the pivotal training we perform during MAX 20-20.”

Exercises like this enable the 48th Medical Group to continuously sharpen expeditionary skills and improve readiness capabilities to ensure the Liberty Wing is always ready to own the skies.