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Protectors of the base

This illustration compliments an article written about the 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron's bioenvironmental engineering flight. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales)

This illustration compliments an article written about the 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron's bioenvironmental engineering flight. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

In a world currently in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, preventing the spread of the disease is a top priority. The 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron’s bioenvironmental engineering flight aids in that process by performing N95 respirator mask fit tests for medical personnel.

 

These Airmen ensure all base personnel are working in a safe environment.

 

 

“As most people know, we do gas-mask fit tests,” said Senior Airman Noah Kibert, 86th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering journeyman. “It’s our most common service, but we also do respirator fit tests, conduct water sampling across the installation and provide occupational health assessments to the installation as well.” 

 

Medical staff use N95 Respirators to protect against infectious diseases. A list of medically cleared personnel from the medical group is generated and they are fitted with the masks so they can safely perform their duties without contracting the disease or inhaling any hazardous pollutants. Bioenvironmental personnel also train wearers so they know when and how to use the mask.

 

 

Although every job is important, this flight may have one of the more critical roles.

 

 

“We get to see first-hand what happens across the installation,” Kibert said. Whether it’s being with the maintainers out on the flight line, security forces members who are firing weapons or even the fuels lab where we look at chemicals they’re working with that could potentially harm them, we’re there, said Kibert.

 

 

Using data and guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bioenvironmental makes recommendations to prevent work related illnesses and injuries. When these measures thwart illness or injury, it’s something the flight can be proud of, Kibert elaborated.

 

“We’re kind of the protectors of the base,” Kibert stated. “We’re preventing that injury from possibly happening.” Keeping Airmen healthy in the long run is a top priority.

 

Prevention is key during these harsh times. It may ease one’s mind to know Airmen are being taken care of.

 

This is just one of the many examples of Airmen who are doing their part, and it’s these preventative actions that help make this the World’s Best Wing.