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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, 93rd Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, conducts a briefing during a practice cargo load during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Airman 1st Class Sean Ellis, 384th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, manually opens the cargo door on a KC-135 Stratotanker during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Airman 1st Class Ty Hogans, a 92nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment mechanic, suits up in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear during ability to survive and operate training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

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92nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen practice driving in Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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92nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen practice first aid scenarios during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Senior Airman Viviano Garcia, 92nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics journeyman, looks over a fellow Airman’s Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Team Fairchild Airmen prepare for a cargo load during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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92nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen suit up in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear during ability to survive and operate training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

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Senior Airman Viviano Garcia, 92nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics journeyman, dawns Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Jan. 31, 2018. All across the base, one can see training being done; from typing in MOPP gear to learning how to drive with a gas mask, each person’s training is specific to their job’s mission set. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, 93rd Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, reads a checklist while preparing for a cargo load during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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A 92nd Maintenance Squadron Airman checks the seal of their as mask during preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Jan. 31, 2018. The 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management office provided ability to survive and operate training for Team Fairchild personnel, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, to better prepare Airmen for any situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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92nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen dawn Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during a preparedness training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Jan. 31, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management office conducted ability to survive and operate training for Team Fairchild personnel, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, to prepare Airmen for various emergency situations.

In addition to the emergency management office’s trainings, units used the week to practice specific training catered to prepare them for war time situations. An example of the unit specific training included practicing daily tasks while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear and standing up their Unit Control Center to test communication capabilities.

“The training allows units to get a feel for their capabilities, vulnerabilities, strengths and weakness in regards to operating in a war-time environment with an emphasis on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear contingences,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Adams, 92nd CES emergency management craftsman.

CBRN contaminants can cause harmful symptoms almost immediately after exposure. Training is imperative to knowing and understanding the skills to survive and operate in war-time. Not every situation can be prepared for and having the ability to stay calm can prove invaluable.

“The reason to exercise and practice is to simulate how one would act and respond in a real-world threat environment. This way actions come naturally versus someone entering panic mode,” said Adams.

All across the base, one can see training being done. From typing in MOPP gear to learning how to drive with a gas mask, each person’s training is specific to their job's mission set.

"Fairchild Airmen do a great job ensuring that proper training is conducted in various conditions," said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. "This type of training is what helps our Airmen remain ready now, tomorrow and forever."