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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.

Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department respond to a simulated aircraft fire while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. The firefighters were evaluated on their speed and accuracy of response during mock war-time activities.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Staff Sgt. Holli Yeagley, 147th Force Support Squadron, places simulated chemical agent detection paper around a building during and Operational Readiness Exercise, April 3, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. The exercise tested the wing's readiness to respond to various wartime scenarios.
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Staff Sgt. Holli Yeagley, 147th Force Support Squadron, places simulated chemical agent detection paper around a building during and Operational Readiness Exercise, April 3, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. The exercise tested the wing's readiness to respond to various wartime scenarios.

Members of the 147th Civil Engineering Squadron depart for convoy training during an Operational Readiness Exercise, April, 3, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The Airmen were evaluated on their actions during the training with simulated improvised explosive devices and vehicle malfunctions.
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Members of the 147th Civil Engineering Squadron depart for convoy training during an Operational Readiness Exercise, April, 3, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The Airmen were evaluated on their actions during the training with simulated improvised explosive devices and vehicle malfunctions.

A member of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department assist a simulated victim during a mass casualty exercise April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the Wing’s readiness and efficiency to respond to real world emergencies.
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A member of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department assist a simulated victim during a mass casualty exercise April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the Wing’s readiness and efficiency to respond to real world emergencies.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department assist a simulated victim during a mass casualty exercise April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the Wing’s readiness and efficiency to respond to real world emergencies.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Fire Department assist a simulated victim during a mass casualty exercise April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the Wing’s readiness and efficiency to respond to real world emergencies.

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosh,147th Medical Group, assesses Airman 1st Class Anthony Morris's simulated leg injury during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosh,147th Medical Group, assesses Airman 1st Class Anthony Morris's simulated leg injury during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group evacuate a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group evacuate a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.
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Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that tested the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

Technical Sgt. Rodney Baltrip, from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Operations Support Squadron, cordons off a mock unexploded ordinance during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. Technical Sgt. Baltrip participated in a post attack reconnaissance sweep that tested the team's speed and accuracy of response during simulated war-time activities.
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Technical Sgt. Rodney Baltrip, from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Operations Support Squadron, cordons off a mock unexploded ordinance during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 5, 2014. Technical Sgt. Baltrip participated in a post attack reconnaissance sweep that tested the team's speed and accuracy of response during simulated war-time activities.

Senior Airman Chasity Lollis, 147th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs, squats down to shoot from a low perspective while photographing fire fighters extinguishing a simulated aircraft fire at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, April 5, 2014. The 147th Reconnaissance Wing participated in an Operational Readiness Exercise to test the wing's wartime readiness.
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Senior Airman Chasity Lollis, 147th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs, squats down to shoot from a low perspective while photographing fire fighters extinguishing a simulated aircraft fire at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, April 5, 2014. The 147th Reconnaissance Wing participated in an Operational Readiness Exercise to test the wing's wartime readiness.

Senior Airman Fahim Baqui from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Force Support Squadron at Ellington Field FRB, Houston serves a unitized group ration meal in a single pallet expeditionary kitchen during an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4, 2014. The exercise tested the Wing's ability to respond to various wartime scenarios in an effort to promote unit readiness and efficiency.
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Senior Airman Fahim Baqui from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Force Support Squadron at Ellington Field FRB, Houston serves a unitized group ration meal in a single pallet expeditionary kitchen during an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4, 2014. The exercise tested the Wing's ability to respond to various wartime scenarios in an effort to promote unit readiness and efficiency.

Members of the 147th Medical Group take cover during a simulated rocket attack at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base March 4, 2014. The Medical Group set up a mobile medical clinic participated in an Operational Readiness Exercise to test their ability to operate in a wartime situation.
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Members of the 147th Medical Group take cover during a simulated rocket attack at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base March 4, 2014. The Medical Group set up a mobile medical clinic participated in an Operational Readiness Exercise to test their ability to operate in a wartime situation.

Airman 1st Class Anthony Norris participates, as a patient with a simulated leg injury, in an Operational Readiness Exercise for the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 4, 2014. Evaluation team member Capt. Veronica Carreon looks for any discrepancies in the accuracy of response from the firefighter. The mass casualty tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical group.
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Airman 1st Class Anthony Norris participates, as a patient with a simulated leg injury, in an Operational Readiness Exercise for the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 4, 2014. Evaluation team member Capt. Veronica Carreon looks for any discrepancies in the accuracy of response from the firefighter. The mass casualty tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical group.

Members of the 147th Medical Group treat a simulated victim during a mass casualty scenario as part an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, April 4, 2014. The mass casualty scenario tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical groups ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Members of the 147th Medical Group treat a simulated victim during a mass casualty scenario as part an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, April 4, 2014. The mass casualty scenario tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical groups ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Master Sgt. Geraldine Kile assesses Airman 1st Class Caleb Rawlings while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise for the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 4, 2014. Airman Rawlings was a patient with a simulated chest injury during a mock mass casualty that tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical groups ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Master Sgt. Geraldine Kile assesses Airman 1st Class Caleb Rawlings while participating in an Operational Readiness Exercise for the 147th Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field JRB, Houston, April 4, 2014. Airman Rawlings was a patient with a simulated chest injury during a mock mass casualty that tested the capabilities of both the fire department and the medical groups ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosh,147th Medical Group, assesses Airman 1st Class Anthony Morris's simulated leg injury during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosh,147th Medical Group, assesses Airman 1st Class Anthony Morris's simulated leg injury during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise, April 4,2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Student Flight play the rolls of victims during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. Tech Sgt. Erin Young (standing left) and Tech Sgt. Courtney Bosch (standing right), 147th Medical Group begin the triage of the simulated victims prior to transport. The mass casualty scenario test both the 147th Fire Department and 147th Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Student Flight play the rolls of victims during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. Tech Sgt. Erin Young (standing left) and Tech Sgt. Courtney Bosch (standing right), 147th Medical Group begin the triage of the simulated victims prior to transport. The mass casualty scenario test both the 147th Fire Department and 147th Medical Group's ability to respond to a real world emergency.

Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that test the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.
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Members of the 147th Medical Group unload victims of a simulated mass casualty event April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The mass casualty scenario was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise that test the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's readiness and efficiency to respond to real world events.

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.
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Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group treat a simulated victim of a mass casualty event during an Operational Readiness Exercise April 4, 2014 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group's readiness and efficiency to respond to a real world event.

4/6/2014 - ELLINGTON FIELD JOINT RESERVE BASE, Tx -- --

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing participated in an Operational Readiness Exercise here at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, Texas, April 1-6, 2014.

An exercise evaluation team assessed the members on their ability to ensure operational readiness in a simulated war-time scenario.

Players were evaluated on the speed and accuracy of their responses during rocket attacks, mass casualties, aircraft fires and fuel leaks.

OREs are conducted once a year or every other year in order to facilitate necessary deployment training.

"We want to keep our people sharp," said Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Gulley, the command post non-commissioned officer in charge. "There's a turnover with personnel over a period of time, and we want to train the new people with the additional skills required in a war time environment."

In the beginning of every exercise, airmen struggle to remember what their Airman's Manual says or what they should do when the alarm sounds over the loud speaker, Gulley said.

For the traditional guardsman, this training is important because guard members are as equally likely to deploy as their active duty counterparts.

"It's all about learning lessons, learning how to do your job better for the next time, so when we go into a real-world situation, people are more comfortable," Gulley said. "Folks may not have the opportunity to do some of these things on a daily basis, so it's all about repetition and training."

EETs aren't the only ones who oversee these types of exercises. Safety officers also play an integral role in making sure the training goes smoothly.

Master Sgt. Todd Wilson, the weapons safety manager for the wing, explained all the moving parts that go into safety's role in these kinds of exercises.

"Our role in safety is the same whether it's during a deployment - before or after," Wilson said.

Besides looking for the normal violations, like people driving too fast or not wearing their seatbelts, safety personnel also look to make sure players are using the proper protective equipment when things like explosions happen, Wilson added.

As someone who's participated in multiple exercises and deployed several times, Gulley provided some parting wisdom to young airmen involved in OREs.

"Have patience," Gulley said. "No matter how long you've been in the service, you definitely need to dust the rust off."