The 779th Medical Group conducted an exercise to hone their disaster-response skills June 6 and 8 near Chapel 1 here.
Two Expeditionary Medical Support Teams, made up of more than 50 members each, constructed and took down a 25-bed field hospital.
"The EMEDS team provides full scale medical support for ground and aeromedical evacuation," said Colonel Rudolph Cachuela, 779th Medical Group commander. "It is rapidly deployable and designed to deliver limb and lifesaving capabilities to a contingency within 24 hours."
An Expeditionary Medical Support Team is made up of medical, logistical, administrative and other staff responsible for quickly deploying and setting up a field hospital.
In a real-world catastrophe, military forces may provide assistance to federal, state and local emergency responders to save lives, prevent injury and provide temporary critical support.
"We have to make sure our folks are ready for anything--they need to be prepared to not only be medical professionals; they need to be prepared to build their own field hospital" said Lt. Colonel Shawn P. Zarr, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron commander.