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Firing up allied training w/ 435th CTS

Lithuanian air force Maj. Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, participates in a training exercise hosted by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The exercise allowed U.S. Airmen to oversee training events involving Lithuanian firefighters and coordinated with them to ensure that safety precautions and training capabilities were met.

Lithuanian air force Maj. Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, participates in a training exercise hosted by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The exercise allowed U.S. Airmen to oversee training events involving Lithuanian firefighters and coordinated with them to ensure that safety precautions and training capabilities were met.

Lithuanian air force Capt. Egidijus Rastikis, safety representative, participates in a training exercise hosted by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Lithuanian forces trained on several scenarios such as rescuing trapped victims, extinguishing fires in plane cabins and more with the help of 435th CTS Airmen, who provided equipment and oversaw the cooperative effort between U.S. and Lithuanian Airmen.

Lithuanian air force Capt. Egidijus Rastikis, safety representative, participates in a training exercise hosted by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Lithuanian forces trained on several scenarios such as rescuing trapped victims, extinguishing fires in plane cabins and more with the help of 435th CTS Airmen, who provided equipment and oversaw the cooperative effort between U.S. and Lithuanian Airmen.

Lithuanian air force Major Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, takes his gear off with the help of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Montano, 435th Construction and Training Squadron contingency firefighting operations instructor, after participating in a training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The training included close-quarters maneuverability that involves multi-level platforming and retrieving “training dummies” as they simulate saving people out of a trapped situation.

Lithuanian air force Major Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, takes his gear off with the help of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Montano, 435th Construction and Training Squadron contingency firefighting operations instructor, after participating in a training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The training included close-quarters maneuverability that involves multi-level platforming and retrieving “training dummies” as they simulate saving people out of a trapped situation.

Lithuanian air force Maj. Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, participates in a 435th Construction and Training Squadron-led training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 435th CTS provides its allies equipment and environments to harbor productive training exercises to ensure a high standard of maintaining mission-readiness across Europe.

Lithuanian air force Maj. Tomas Zukauskas, firefighter, participates in a 435th Construction and Training Squadron-led training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 435th CTS provides its allies equipment and environments to harbor productive training exercises to ensure a high standard of maintaining mission-readiness across Europe.

Lithuanian air force Staff Sgt. Valdas Parnarauskas, fire and rescue section commander, helps LAF Capt. Egidijus Rastikis, safety representative, equip firefighter gear before participating in a 435th Construction and Training Squadron-led training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 435th CTS provides sufficient training equipment and grounds for its allies to train while receiving guidance and equipment from U.S. Airmen to maintain a constant standard of mission-readiness across Europe.

Lithuanian air force Staff Sgt. Valdas Parnarauskas, fire and rescue section commander, helps LAF Capt. Egidijus Rastikis, safety representative, equip firefighter gear before participating in a 435th Construction and Training Squadron-led training exercise July 11, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 435th CTS provides sufficient training equipment and grounds for its allies to train while receiving guidance and equipment from U.S. Airmen to maintain a constant standard of mission-readiness across Europe.

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

The 435th Construction and Training Squadron hosted a series of training exercises with Lithuanian air force service members July 11 through 15, 2016.

 

Lithuanian airmen performed several exercises such as simulated live-fire events in planes and close-quarter rescue missions.

 

In order for the exercises to happen, the 435th CTS provided equipment and training facilities that weren’t available for the visiting allies elsewhere. According to LAF Staff Sgt. Valdas Parnarauskas, fire and rescue section commander, the cooperation between them and the U.S. Airmen is paramount to a better training environment.

 

“I think the Air Force has helped us grow a lot,” said Parnarauskas. “As I oversee my men training with [U.S. Airmen], I see the impact they have on them. The equipment here allows us to complete all of our training and more, and I think that will help us greatly in becoming better at our jobs.”

 

To kick off the week, LAF firefighters trained on rescuing a training dummy out of a cramped location whilst maintaining sustainable oxygen levels within a time limit. They continued their training throughout the week by participating in simulated live-fire events such as extinguishing fires on aircrafts and structures.

 

With the help of Airmen such as U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Montano, 435th CTS contingency firefighting operations instructor, training has gone smoothly for both parties.

 

“My role for this NATO firefighting partnership course is the program manager, and my aim is to meet the needs of the foreign military members coming in for training with adequate facilitation,” said Montano. “Since we do these training exercises about twice a year, I feel like my working relation with the LAF has become better and has shown in the results we get from our training. We tailor to their needs and as a result, their training engages them more while we learn how to cooperate with allied forces.”

 

The 435th CTS continues to serve U.S. allies with up-to-date training that maintains a standard of safety and cooperative abilities throughout Europe. This open approach to allowing allies to engage with Ramstein training facilities remains a motive for them to come back.

 

“We have all become better as a result of being here,” said Parnarauskas. “I look forward to coming back and training our men even harder and improving even more next time.”