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Team Dobbins, Latvian air force collaborate for Sky Fist

Senior Airman Joshua Stubbs, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, receives simulated medical treatment from a Latvian air force medical technician during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Senior Airman Joshua Stubbs, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, receives simulated medical treatment from a Latvian air force medical technician during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A C-130H from the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A C-130H from the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian air force members sit in the cargo area of a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., while parked on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian air force members sit in the cargo area of a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., while parked on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders arrive on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, where a C-130 from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. is positioned in a simulated crash during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders arrive on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, where a C-130 from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. is positioned in a simulated crash during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue professionals arrive on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, where a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. is positioned in a simulated crash during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue professionals arrive on the runway at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, where a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. is positioned in a simulated crash during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A participant in Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, awaits rescue while in a 94th Airlift Wing C-130H during a simulated crash scenario, Oct. 6. 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A participant in Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, awaits rescue while in a 94th Airlift Wing C-130H during a simulated crash scenario, Oct. 6. 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A Latvian fire and rescue emergency responder evacuates an exercise participant from a 94th Airlift Wing C-130H positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A Latvian fire and rescue emergency responder evacuates an exercise participant from a 94th Airlift Wing C-130H positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral, aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders evacuate an exercise participant from a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., while positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders evacuate an exercise participant from a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., while positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders evacuate an exercise participant from a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian fire and rescue emergency responders evacuate an exercise participant from a C-130H from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., positioned on the runway in a simulated crash at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, during Sky Fist, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral aircraft mishap training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Latvian civil-military participants of Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, await rescue during a simulated crash scenario, Oct. 6. 2016.  The 94th Airlift Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., represented the U.S. Air Force in the bilateral training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)
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Latvian civil-military participants of Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, await rescue during a simulated crash scenario, Oct. 6. 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., represented the U.S. Air Force in the bilateral training exercise designed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Senior Airman Joshua Stubbs, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and 1st Lt. Brian Reed, 700th AS pilot, join others with simulated injuries during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)
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Senior Airman Joshua Stubbs, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and 1st Lt. Brian Reed, 700th AS pilot, join others with simulated injuries during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, held at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6, 2016. Sky Fist was a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Maj. Jonathan Lester, 700th Airlift Squadron pilot, shakes hands with Col. Armands Saltups, Latvian air force commander, during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6. 2016.  The 94th Airlift Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., represented the U.S. Air Force in Sky Fist, a bilateral training exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)
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Maj. Jonathan Lester, 700th Airlift Squadron pilot, shakes hands with Col. Armands Saltups, Latvian air force commander, during Sky Fist, an aircraft mishap training exercise, at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 6. 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., represented the U.S. Air Force in Sky Fist, a bilateral training exercise designed to strengthen interoperability and the partnership between the U.S. and Latvia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

POWIDZ Air Base, Poland --

94th Airlift Wing Reservists participated in Sky Fist 2016, an aircraft mishap response exercise at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 5-7, 2016.

“This is a great exercise that builds the relationship between the Latvian air force and the (U.S.) Air Force,” said Col. Armands Saltups, Latvian air force commander.

For the training, a 94th AW C-130H Hercules was positioned on the runway to simulate a crash with Latvian military members and civilians aboard, said Lt. Col. Terence Green, 94th AW mission planner for Sky Fist.  The Latvian civil and military emergency response teams then evacuated the casualties from the aircraft and provided simulated medical treatment.

“The exercise was a great team building experience,” said Senior Airman Josh Stubbs, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “The Latvians were very hospitable; they gave us everything we needed for the exercise, shuttled us around base and even gave us lunch one day.”

Some 94th AW Airmen played the role of mock-crash victims during the training, said Stubbs, who was evacuated from the aircraft and treated as a casualty.

"Not only were 94th AW crews able to participate in the emergency response training, they also had the opportunity to gain more experience communicating with international air terminal staff," said Green. 

“Most of the problems we have when flying outside the U.S. involve overcoming communication barriers,” Green explained. “Going to Leilvarde AB and working with the Latvians sets us up for a stronger working relationship in the future.”

At the conclusion of Sky Fist, the 94th AW Reservists returned to Poland to participate in training with the Polish air force for Aviation Detachment 17-1 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.