Photo essay: Kentucky Air National Guard supports 2011 National Level Exercise

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Tech. Sgt. Phil Seif with the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Element installs a speaker system on top of the Hard-sided Expandable Light Air Mobile Shelter in Springfield, Mo. on May 16, 2011 during the National Level Exercise. With participants from the Department of Defense and human services such as the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the NLE is based on a scenario of a 6.0 or higher earthquake on the New Madrid fault line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 16, 2011) – The Kentucky Air National Guard’s Contingency Response Element is currently in Springfield, Mo.  to support the 2011 National Level Exercise, which simulates a 6.0 or higher earthquake on the New Madrid fault line.  Chief among the Citizen-Airmen’s duties is setting up an air hub to evacuate patients to other hospitals.

These 50 Air Guard men and women are experienced in humanitarian relief efforts, many of whom performed similar duties while deployed last year to the Dominican Republic in support of earthquake relief operations in Haiti.

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Senior Airman Pete Vicini of Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces drives the parameter of the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport during the National Level Exercise, May 16, 2011. With participants from the Department of Defense and human services such as the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the NLE is based on a scenario of a 6.0 or higher earthquake on the New Madrid fault line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

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Airman 1st Class Mike Watts with the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces inspects a truck at the entry control point before allowing access to the flight line in Springfield, MO on May 16, 2011 during the National Level Exercise. With participants from the Department of Defense and human services such as the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the NLE is based on a scenario of a 6.0 or higher earthquake on the New Madrid fault line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

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