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Foggy Shores tests Vandenberg's emergency response

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Capt. Mary Creswell checks the vital signs on Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Bell as she simulates an injury on May 14. Both Airmen from the 30th Medical Operations Squadron participated in the earthquake simulation of a partially collapsed building that trapped many people inside at Vandenberg Air Force Base . (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Angelique M. Perez)

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Capt. Mary Creswell checks the vital signs on Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Bell as she simulates an injury on May 14. Both Airmen from the 30th Medical Operations Squadron participated in the earthquake simulation of a partially collapsed building that trapped many people inside at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Angelique Perez)

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, firefighters and Hot Shots treat simulated victims of an earthquakeat Bldg. 8500 on May 14. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of Vandenberg Air Force Base personnel in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, firefighters and Hot Shots treat simulated victims of an earthquake at Bldg. 8500 on May 14. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of Vandenberg Air Force Base personnel in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

Steven Bosell, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, feigns injury and awaits medical attention after a simulated earthqake during the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, May 14. The two-day exercise is designed to test the readiness of all personnel assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

Steven Bosell, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, feigns injury and awaits medical attention after a simulated earthqake during the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, May 14. The two-day exercise is designed to test the readiness of all personnel assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Vandenberg Fire Fighter Airman 1st Class Jeremy Di Iullo gives medical attention to Senior Airman Micheal Maskowski who simulates an injury during the earthquake scenario May 14. Both members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in this two-day exercise that tests first responders at Vandenberg Air Force Base on how they perform their jobs in a stressful situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Reed)

On the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Vandenberg Fire Fighter Airman 1st Class Jeremy Di Iullo gives medical attention to Senior Airman Micheal Maskowski who simulates an injury during the earthquake scenario May 14. Both members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in this two-day exercise that tests first responders at Vandenberg Air Force Base on how they perform their jobs in a stressful situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Reed)

During the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, 30th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen transport Tech. Sgt Suzanne Bell, 30th MDOS, as she simulates an injury. A simulated earthquake partially collapsed Bldg. 8500, trapping many people inside as part of a Foggy Shores exercise at Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 14 to 15. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Angelique Perez)

During the first day of the Foggy Shores exercise, 30th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen transport Tech. Sgt Suzanne Bell, 30th MDOS, as she simulates an injury. A simulated earthquake partially collapsed Bldg. 8500, trapping many people inside as part of a Foggy Shores exercise at Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 14 to 15. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Angelique Perez)

On the second day of the Foggy Shores exercise, 30th Security Forces Squadron Airmen prepare to tactically enter a building to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base, May 15. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of 30th Space Wing personnel in the event of a disaster or threat.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeNoris Mickle)

On the second day of the Foggy Shores exercise, 30th Security Forces Squadron Airmen prepare to tactically enter a building to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base, May 15. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of 30th Space Wing personnel in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeNoris Mickle)

On the second day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Master Sgt William Flester, 30th Security Forces Squadron, calls in a situation report for a special response team to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base, May 15. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of 30th Space Wing personnel in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeNoris Mickle)

On the second day of the Foggy Shores exercise, Master Sgt William Flester, 30th Security Forces Squadron, calls in a situation report for a special response team to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack at Vandenberg Air Force Base, May 15. The two-day exercise tested the readiness of 30th Space Wing personnel in the event of a disaster or threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeNoris Mickle)

Tech. Sgt Fred Tobias, Staff Sgt. Francisco Reza and Senor Airman Duschek Juarez prepare to tactically enter a building to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack during a Foggy Shores exercise May 15. The three 30 Security Forces Squadron Airmen participated in the Foggy Shores exercise, which is designed to prepare the 30 Space Wing on natural disaster and incident response.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt DeNoris A. Mickle)

Tech. Sgt Fred Tobias, Staff Sgt. Francisco Reza and Senor Airman Duschek Juarez prepare to tactically enter a building to engage a gunman during a mock terrorist attack during a Foggy Shores exercise May 15. The three 30 Security Forces Squadron Airmen participated in the Foggy Shores exercise, which is designed to prepare the 30 Space Wing on natural disaster and incident response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt DeNoris A. Mickle)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg agencies participated in a two-day Foggy Shores exercise, a series of fabricated events on May 14-15, testing readiness and ensuring continued success during natural disasters and incident for the 30th Space Wing.

The exercise kicked off on May 14 with an earthquake scenario that tested base readiness during a natural disaster.

"This event posed the most challenge for the base because so many things could happen," said Sam Treat, chief of Vandenberg's Exercise Evaluation Team.

One of the base agencies that felt the brunt of this specific scenario was the Vandenberg Fire Department.

"The fire department loves these types of exercises because they're challenging, fast paced and on-going, which shows us our strengths and weaknesses," said Mark Farias, Vandenberg fire chief.

An earthquake spawns multiple emergency incidents, ranging from mass casualties to structure fires, to vehicle accidents, to hazardous material incidents. All of these incidents have to be prioritized and juggled by the fire department first responders, Chief Farias said. 

On the following day, Vandenberg was again tested, this time with a shooting scenario near the school house on base.

"With recent events, it's good to practice how we'd handle a shooting" said Master Sgt. William Flester, 30th Security Forces Squadron flight chief. "And we performed outstandingly!"

Coupled with the mass shooting scenario was a bomb scenario that put to the test the Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron.

"The biggest challenge for us was calling everyone's attention to this separate incident as the shooting scenario was still being played out, as well and trying to identify exactly what we had," said Staff. Sgt. Lindsay Brenden, Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief. "We benefited from this training scenario because we had to identify an enclosed item as were able to test the HD-1 robot, a robot used to safely examine possible explosives."

In order for these separate agencies to deliver outstanding results along with the 30th Space Wing, it has to be driven by outstanding leadership.

Mr. Treat said he was particularly impressed by the dual leadership of Lt. Col. Arthur Rozier, Emergency Operations Center commander, and Lt. Col. James Bell, Emergency Operations Center vice commander, in the EOC.

"I'll have to say Colonel Rozier and Colonel Bell ran the Emergency Operation Center without skipping a beat," he said. "These two coupled with their team of hard chargers could handle most anything thrown their way! I was nothing less then impressed"

With a two-day series of critical events, the chief of the exercise evaluation team considers this Foggy Shores exercise a success.

"All exercises are a success because we always learn something from them," Mr. Treat said. "We can only get better from any exercises--they prepare the wing for outstanding results."