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86th MDG invites local nationals to witness life-saving capabilities

Host nation distinguished visitors watch a simulated ambulance loading and unloading during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The visitors also received a tour of an Expeditionary Medical System, from the diagnosis room to the surgery room. The 86th MDG designed Community Outreach Day to educate the public on their life-saving capabilities and also invite them to participate in saving a life by donating blood and bone marrow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Host nation distinguished visitors watch a simulated ambulance loading and unloading during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The visitors also received a tour of an Expeditionary Medical System, from the diagnosis room to the surgery room. The 86th MDG designed Community Outreach Day to educate the public on their life-saving capabilities and also invite them to participate in saving a life by donating blood and bone marrow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

The 86th Medical Group, 345th Field Hospital, and 411th Hospital Center practice unloading a simulated patient from an ambulance during the 86th MDG's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. Croatian Armed Forces members and 10 distinguished visitors from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community came to learn about the U.S. Air Force and Army medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

The 86th Medical Group, 345th Field Hospital, and 411th Hospital Center practice unloading a simulated patient from an ambulance during the 86th MDG's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. Croatian Armed Forces members and 10 distinguished visitors from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community came to learn about the U.S. Air Force and Army medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

The 86th Medical Group, 345th Field Hospital, and 411th Hospital Center practice unloading a simulated patient from an ambulance during the 86th MDG's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. Ramstein regularly welcomes community members to participate in tours and demonstrations to educate the public about Air Force capabilities, promote openness, and strengthen relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

The 86th Medical Group, 345th Field Hospital, and 411th Hospital Center practice unloading a simulated patient from an ambulance during the 86th MDG's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. Ramstein regularly welcomes community members to participate in tours and demonstrations to educate the public about Air Force capabilities, promote openness, and strengthen relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Langer, 86th Communications Squadron client systems technician, donates blood during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The 86th MDG designed Community Outreach Day to educate the public on their life-saving capabilities and also invite them to participate in saving a life by donating blood and bone marrow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Langer, 86th Communications Squadron client systems technician, donates blood during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The 86th MDG designed Community Outreach Day to educate the public on their life-saving capabilities and also invite them to participate in saving a life by donating blood and bone marrow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ricardo Aldahondo, middle, 86th Medical Support Squadron Resource Management Flight commander, gives a tour of an Air Force Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) to host nation distinguished visitors during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. An EMEDS is a deployable medical unit, like a tent-hospital, that is fully equipped and has rooms that can be added and removed. Ramstein welcomed visitors to tour the facilities to educate the public about Air Force capabilities, promote openness, and strengthen relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ricardo Aldahondo, middle, 86th Medical Support Squadron Resource Management Flight commander, gives a tour of an Air Force Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) to host nation distinguished visitors during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. An EMEDS is a deployable medical unit, like a tent-hospital, that is fully equipped and has rooms that can be added and removed. Ramstein welcomed visitors to tour the facilities to educate the public about Air Force capabilities, promote openness, and strengthen relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Host nation distinguished visitors observe an expeditionary operation room during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The Community Outreach Day showcased the 86th MDG's capabilities for the public and kicked off Maroon Surge, a multi-day joint training exercise with the U.S. Army, German Bundeswehr, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Host nation distinguished visitors observe an expeditionary operation room during the 86th Medical Group's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. The Community Outreach Day showcased the 86th MDG's capabilities for the public and kicked off Maroon Surge, a multi-day joint training exercise with the U.S. Army, German Bundeswehr, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Host nation visitors from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community learned about U.S. Air Force and Army expeditionary medical capabilities during the 86th Medical Group’s exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018.

The Community Outreach Day kicked off Maroon Surge, a multi-day joint training exercise with the U.S. Army, German Bundeswehr, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces, and aimed to strengthen bilateral ties through openness and interaction.

It also showcased the 86th MDG’s capabilities to all Department of Defense card holders and invited them to participate in saving a life by donating blood and bone marrow.

Other distinguished visitors included local leaders such as Ralf Hechler, Ramstein-Miesenbach city and union community mayor, Gudrun Heß-Schmidt, Kaiserslautern county deputy commissioner, and Rudolf Jacob, Winnweiler union community mayor.

Four members of the Croatian armed forces attended as NATO observers, and further participated in Maroon Surge to train in mass casualty evacuation and strengthen ties with U.S. Air Force service members.

“We want to showcase to our KMC family what an Air Force Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) capability looks like, and how it operates in a diverse environment,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Ricardo Aldahondo, 86th Medical Support Squadron Resource Management Flight commander.

An EMEDS is a deployable medical unit, like a tent-hospital, that is fully equipped and has rooms that can be added and removed. Personnel can conduct emergency intensive care and stabilize patients for transport to a facility where they can receive further treatment.

“Hosting local national distinguished visitors at our EMEDS proved to be extremely important when it comes to creating partners with our local community,” Aldahondo said. “It’s an opportunity for host nation civic leaders to learn what Air Force medicine brings to the fight. In the event we’re asked to support the KMC in a natural disaster, wartime or contingency environment, our community leaders should know how we will work together with our NATO partners to accomplish the mission.”

The visitors received an EMEDS tour, from the diagnosis room to the surgery room. They also witnessed the teamwork it takes to transfer a patient during a simulated ambulance loading and unloading.

Later in Maroon Surge, the 86th MDG used the EMEDS to conduct a mass casualty exercise, wherein they practiced what would happen if Landstuhl Regional Medical Center became inoperable and had to transfer patients to another facility.

“The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive.” Aldahondo said. “They very much appreciated Ramstein Air Base opening its doors to the 86th MDG as our medics trained side-by-side with our sister services and NATO partners to accomplish one goal: save lives.”