Teams Train for Various Scenarios During Exercise at Rosecrans

Teams Train for Various Scenarios During Exercise at Rosecrans

They're members of the US Army and the Air Force, and they're learning how to pack equipment at a moment's notice, to search for hazardous materials, or even weapons of mass destruction.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) They've learned to work together.

"You've got several Army folks out here on an air base," said Captain Jocelyn Kuta, of the US Army.  "Military is not the same.  We all speak a little bit different language.  But having those Air Force guys with us helps us to speak somewhat the same language."

Capt. Kuta represents the 72nd Civil Support Team, a unit visiting Rosecrans from Lincoln, Neb.

The Civil Support Team travels often on aircraft like the C-130s housed at Rosecrans.

"We go and we help first responders identify, assess and advise about hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction," Capt. Kuta explains.

And they're practicing getting a truck and trailer full of supplies onto an aircraft.

They must act quickly.

"If a first responder can't figure out what's going on; if they can't identify it, if they can't assess what the hazards are or what the threat is to the civilian population, potentially it's costing people their lives," Capt. Kuta said.

Overseeing their training session is Senior Major Sergeant Rhys Wilson.

Wilson explains how quickly it takes to properly load a truck with cargo onto an aircraft.

"C-130 is a smaller airframe; it'll hold one truck and one trailer.  Regulation allows that [loading will take] and hour and three quarters.  They'll accomplish it in the real world in 45 minutes or an hour," SMSgt. Wilson said.

Earlier the team was taking extensive measurements; they even took the time to weigh their cargo.

"That's so they'll know exactly where to put the cargo on the airplane, to ensure that the airframe has a center of balance so it can fly safely," SMSgt. Wilson said.

Some of the members of the 72nd have done this stuff before. 

To them, this is just a refresher training course.

For others, it's relatively new.

"What we need to do is ensure that every person on our team knows what's going on, so that if they're the first ones to that airfield with our equipment, they can start doing what needs to be done," Cpt. Kuta said.

And what needs to be done is getting their truck and trailer onto a cargo plane - one inch at a time.

On a real mission, there's no time to waste.
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