Cleaned up: Medical Group trains in decontamination

Senior Airman Johnathan Gwei (left), 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management technician, wipes down a simulated patient during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. During the exercise, a team of 18 practiced putting up a mobile decontamination center, treating patients, then tearing it down. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Senior Airman Johnathan Gwei (left), 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management technician, wipes down a simulated patient during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. During the exercise, a team of 18 practiced putting up a mobile decontamination center, treating patients, then tearing it down. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Jesse Hendrix (left), 47th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational physiology technician, and Senior Airman Juliana Busque (right), 47th Medical Support Squadron command support staff technician, take notes during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. The two took part in a two-day training exercise that highlighted down-range decontamination procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Jesse Hendrix (left), 47th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational physiology technician, and Senior Airman Juliana Busque (right), 47th Medical Support Squadron command support staff technician, take notes during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. The two took part in a two-day training exercise that highlighted down-range decontamination procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

A group of students deploy a tent that will become a medical treatment facility on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. The team was part of a decontamination training exercise that highlighted combating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

A group of students deploy a tent that will become a medical treatment facility on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. The team was part of a decontamination training exercise that highlighted combating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Lauri Manuel, 47th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational physiology technician, inspects his ventilation apparatus during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. During the two-day course hosted by the 47th Medical Group, Laughlin Airmen worked closely with Val Verde County medical community members to get hands-on experience with decontamination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Lauri Manuel, 47th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational physiology technician, inspects his ventilation apparatus during a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016. During the two-day course hosted by the 47th Medical Group, Laughlin Airmen worked closely with Val Verde County medical community members to get hands-on experience with decontamination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The 47th Medical Group hosted a decontamination training course on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016.

The training helped prepare Airmen, as well as local Val Verde County medical community members, for potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear disasters.

During the two-day exercise, students were given hands-on experience with setting up and utilizing in-place patient decontamination equipment in a deployed environment. The class set up a medical treatment facility, donned their full-body decontamination suits and treated patients accordingly – all while controlling harmful contaminants.

“The class did a great job,” said T.J. Bocek, the instructor of the course. “Their focus and determination told me they were not only motivated but taking the course seriously.”

The team successfully set up the medical treatment facility in just a few minutes and administered aid to simulated patients almost immediately after arriving on the scene.

"The training helped me become more confident in my responsibilities on the team,” said Airman 1st Class Jesse Hendrix, 47th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational physiology technician. “If decontamination became part of a real world scenario here at Laughlin, there is no doubt that we'll be ready for it."