by SrA Maeson Elleman

U.S. Air Force members from the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons work to medically evacuate victims of a simulated aircraft crash during a war week exercise at Marine Corps Camp Hansen's Combat Town, Japan, Feb. 7, 2013. War week, a three-day pre-deployment exercise, gave members from both of Kadena Air Base's rescue squadrons the opportunity to practice numerous rescue scenarios in a controlled environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I found myself yet again paired up with the Airmen from the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons, only this time I had the opportunity to watch them train in the nearby “combat town.”I was a media relations specialist in the Media Operations section of our office, and we were escorting a couple members of the media who flew all the way out to see these Airmen training for deployment. I had decided to take my camera to the site and grab a few pictures while I was there. The Airmen went all out for this one: they used heavy machinery to place a vehicle on top of one of the buildings and had simulated victims climb inside. Several other Airmen acted as part of the local population to stress out the operators and put them to the test. At the end of the day, the special operators made the training look nearly effortless.