TERRE HAUTE —
Airmen from the 181st Intelligence Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard are being evaluated on disaster first response skills this week at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville.
The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package is a joint mission involving around 200 Air and Army National Guard members trained to respond to any natural or manmade disaster.
“This is the most rewarding mission I’ve done in my 19 years; it’s a different kind of gratification,” said Capt. Leanna Edwards, 181 IW Medical Group, in a news release issued Monday. “It’s nice to know we are a part of a big mission that serves the people of Indiana.”
Training and evaluation exercises are a primary way for airmen to train and make connections with local EMS and other relief efforts personnel, just as they would in a real crisis.
“[We] reach out as much as possible to build relationships so that if there is an event, it’s not the first time we meet; we have a working relationship already established,” stated Master Sgt. Sean Fretwell, 181 Intelligence Wing Medical Group.
Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is a secluded, self-contained community, once home to the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. The 1,000-acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July of 2005 and since has been, according to the press release, “continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.”