Vibrant Response 2014

U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Soldiers stand ready to help disaster victims during exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a major homeland emergency response exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command which involves about 5,500 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Soldiers stand ready to help disaster victims during exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a major homeland emergency response exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command which involves about 5,500 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah Poquette dons her gas mask in preparation for performing triage duties during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Airman 1st Class Poquette, 121st Air Refueling Wing medical group, is part of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages Team.  (CERF-P). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah Poquette dons her gas mask in preparation for performing triage duties during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Airman 1st Class Poquette, 121st Air Refueling Wing medical group, is part of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages Team. (CERF-P). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sara Ingle dons her gas mask in preparation for performing triage duties during exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Staff Sgt. Ingle is part of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages Team (CERF-P). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sara Ingle dons her gas mask in preparation for performing triage duties during exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Staff Sgt. Ingle is part of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages Team (CERF-P). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lisa Smith carries equipment during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Sgt. Smith is a member of the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron assigned to the Fatality Search and Recovery team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lisa Smith carries equipment during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Sgt. Smith is a member of the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron assigned to the Fatality Search and Recovery team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Krystek carries equipment during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Sgt. Krystek is a member of the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron assigned to the Fatality Search and Recovery team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Krystek carries equipment during Joint Exercise Vibrant Response July 22, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Sgt. Krystek is a member of the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron assigned to the Fatality Search and Recovery team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

July 29, 2014 --

Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing participated in a major homeland emergency response exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Joint Exercise Vibrant Response involves more than 5,500 military and civilian personnel from 28 U.S. states and territories. It is considered the nation's premier disaster response exercise and includes participants from the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and numerous other local, state, and federal agencies. This training event simulates the response to a terrorist attack in the United States.

Airmen from the 121st Medical Group participated as part of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages Team (CERF-P) and the Homeland Response Force (HRF). The CERF-P team provides medical support in the form of triage, basic, and critical care to patients as part of the  Search and Extraction team. U.S. Air Force Major Steven Kapetansky, a medical doctor assigned to the CERF-P team, described  the spirit of the mission as "any disaster, any place, anytime".

Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron comprised the Fatality Search and Recovery (FSR) team. Their mission is to assist medical examiners and coroners in collecting human remains from the scene of the simulated terrorist attack.

U.S. Air Force Major Gregory Bryant, commander of the 121st Force Support Squadron was proud of his Airmen in the exercise. "This was the FSRTs first exercise, and they did an outstanding job. Our inspectors told me on several occasions how they could not believe this was our first collective event. I am so proud of their effort, can do attitude, and willingness to help each other at all times" said Bryant.