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Tornado exercise tests readiness
An Airman simulates moderate injuries while waiting for assistance from emergency response teams during a base tornado exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., March 25, 2013. While the events and scenarios of the day were staged for base personnel, the simulations provided realistic training for an actual natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal)
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Tornado exercise tests readiness

Posted 4/1/2013   Updated 4/1/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs


4/1/2013 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.  -- A strong low-pressure system has begun forming in the region and could potentially move through eastern New Mexico. This system has very strong jet stream winds associated with it and is currently situated just west of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. With the strong jet stream overhead and plenty of low-level moisture present, these ingredients could combine to form very strong thunderstorms. All personnel should prepare for the issuing of a Tornado Watch.

This was just one of the exercise warning messages sent out by the 27th Special Operations Wing as part of a base wide tornado exercise March 25.

While the events and scenarios of the day were staged for base personnel, the simulations provided realistic training for members of the wing to better prepare for an actual natural disaster.

Air Commandos and emergency first-responders had their skills and knowledge put to the test under the watchful eye of the Inspector General team who stood by evaluating procedures and protocol.

Wing leadership will provide squadrons with feedback on findings and advise on areas that could use improvement for future exercises.

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