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U.S. Air Force Capt. Roxanne Buffano, an optometrist assigned to the 927th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, MacDill AFB FL, conducts an eye exam April 17, 2018 in support of Arctic Care 2018, at the Kivalina Clinic, Kivalina, Alaska. Arctic Care 2018 is an Innovative Readiness Training exercise comprised of a joint and multi-national force, providing medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care for underserved villages in the Maniillaq Service Area April 16-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Joe Simms)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Roxanne Buffano, an optometrist assigned to the 927th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, MacDill AFB FL, conducts an eye exam April 17, 2018 in support of Arctic Care 2018, at the Kivalina Clinic, Kivalina, Alaska. Arctic Care 2018 is an Innovative Readiness Training exercise comprised of a joint and multi-national force, providing medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care for underserved villages in the Maniillaq Service Area April 16-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Joe Simms)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Torres, a biomedical equipment technician from the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, opens a sterilization machine in the central sterile room at Maniilaq Health Center, in Kotzebue, Alaska, in support of Arctic Care 2018, April 18, 2018. Torres ensured that medical equipment used for surgeries and biopsies are sterile and prepped for use. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Rashard Coaxum)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Torres, a biomedical equipment technician from the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, opens a sterilization machine in the central sterile room at Maniilaq Health Center, in Kotzebue, Alaska, in support of Arctic Care 2018, April 18, 2018. Torres ensured that medical equipment used for surgeries and biopsies are sterile and prepped for use. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Rashard Coaxum)

U.S. Air Force and joint U.S. personnel load a helicopter in support of Operation Arctic Care 2018 above the Arctic Circle April 13, 2018. Operation Arctic Care 2018 took more than 140 service members to the far reaches of Alaska during a joint military exercise based out of Kotzebue, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Air Force and joint U.S. personnel load a helicopter in support of Operation Arctic Care 2018 above the Arctic Circle April 13, 2018. Operation Arctic Care 2018 took more than 140 service members to the far reaches of Alaska during a joint military exercise based out of Kotzebue, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 439th and 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons treat a simulated patient during an aeromedical mission over Rota, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, during exercise COPE NORTH 18, Feb. 19, 2018. The Pacific Air Forces-sponsored tri-lateral field training exercise is designed to develop synergistic and increase interoperability of U.S. Air Forces, Royal Australian Air Force, the Republic of Korea Air Force, and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 439th and 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons treat a simulated patient during an aeromedical mission over Rota, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, during exercise COPE NORTH 18, Feb. 19, 2018. The Pacific Air Forces-sponsored tri-lateral field training exercise is designed to develop synergistic and increase interoperability of U.S. Air Forces, Royal Australian Air Force, the Republic of Korea Air Force, and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members perform search and rescue and medical evacuation operations in exercise COPE NORTH 18 on Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 21, 2018. COPE NORTH enables U.S. and allied forces to train humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations from austere operating bases, enhancing our capacity and capability to respond in times of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members perform search and rescue and medical evacuation operations in exercise COPE NORTH 18 on Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 21, 2018. COPE NORTH enables U.S. and allied forces to train humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations from austere operating bases, enhancing our capacity and capability to respond in times of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy members perform search and rescue and medical evacuation operations in exercise COPE NORTH 18 over Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 21, 2018. COPE NORTH enables U.S. and allied forces to train humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations from austere operating bases, enhancing our capacity and capability to respond in times of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy members perform search and rescue and medical evacuation operations in exercise COPE NORTH 18 over Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 21, 2018. COPE NORTH enables U.S. and allied forces to train humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations from austere operating bases, enhancing our capacity and capability to respond in times of crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Air Force members utilize a USAF C-130J Super Hercules to perform logistical re-supply, medical evacuation, troop movement and humanitarian assistance during exercise COPE NORTH 18 at Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 19, 2018. Through exercises and engagements during COPE NORTH, USAF, Koku Jieitai and RAAF increase interoperability for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Air Force members utilize a USAF C-130J Super Hercules to perform logistical re-supply, medical evacuation, troop movement and humanitarian assistance during exercise COPE NORTH 18 at Tinian, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Feb. 19, 2018. Through exercises and engagements during COPE NORTH, USAF, Koku Jieitai and RAAF increase interoperability for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jay Griggs (left) assigned to the Aeromedical Staging Squadron and Staff Sgt. Leslie Hamill assigned to the 166th Medical Group, acting medical technician augmentees, assist optometry patients with selecting eyeglasses during Operation Empower Health - Savannah at the Garden City Recreational Center, Garden City, Ga., May 10, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jamila A. Haven)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jay Griggs (left) assigned to the Aeromedical Staging Squadron and Staff Sgt. Leslie Hamill assigned to the 166th Medical Group, acting medical technician augmentees, assist optometry patients with selecting eyeglasses during Operation Empower Health - Savannah at the Garden City Recreational Center, Garden City, Ga., May 10, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jamila A. Haven)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Moberg, 42nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Maxwell, Air Force Base, perform a dental procedure May 10, 2018, at Georgia Southern University in Savannah Georgia for Operation Empower Health. The Innovative Readiness Training is a U.S. military training opportunity that provides real-life deployment training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Galvin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Moberg, 42nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Maxwell, Air Force Base, perform a dental procedure May 10, 2018, at Georgia Southern University in Savannah Georgia for Operation Empower Health. The Innovative Readiness Training is a U.S. military training opportunity that provides real-life deployment training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Galvin)

U.S. Air Force Col. Dan Perala, optometrist with the 153rd Airlift Wing performs an eye exam, May 11, 2018 at the Savannah Civic Center in support of Operation Empower Health Greater Savannah. The Innovative Readiness Training is a U.S. military training opportunity that provides real-life deployment training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Galvin)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Dan Perala, optometrist with the 153rd Airlift Wing performs an eye exam, May 11, 2018 at the Savannah Civic Center in support of Operation Empower Health Greater Savannah. The Innovative Readiness Training is a U.S. military training opportunity that provides real-life deployment training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Galvin)

A U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois with the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, hovers over the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018, during a 91st Security Forces Group field training exercise. During the exercise, defenders vectored the aircraft to a landing zone and performed a simulated medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
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A U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois with the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, hovers over the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018, during a 91st Security Forces Group field training exercise. During the exercise, defenders vectored the aircraft to a landing zone and performed a simulated medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Defenders from the 91st Security Forces Group, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, participated in a three-day field training exercise in the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 12-14, 2018. During the training, 91st SFG Airmen learned survival techniques including; how to build shelters and fires, set snares, navigate to a landing zone and vector rescue helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
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Defenders from the 91st Security Forces Group, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, participated in a three-day field training exercise in the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 12-14, 2018. During the training, 91st SFG Airmen learned survival techniques including; how to build shelters and fires, set snares, navigate to a landing zone and vector rescue helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

A U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois with the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, lifts a simulated casualty above the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018, during a 91st Security Forces Group field training exercise. During the exercise, defenders vectored the aircraft to a landing zone and performed a simulated medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
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A U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois with the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, lifts a simulated casualty above the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018, during a 91st Security Forces Group field training exercise. During the exercise, defenders vectored the aircraft to a landing zone and performed a simulated medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Members of the 91st Security Forces Group, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, perform first aid on a simulated casualty in the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018. After stabilizing the casualty, defenders vectored in a rescue helicopter for an emergency medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
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Members of the 91st Security Forces Group, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, perform first aid on a simulated casualty in the Turtle Mountain State Forest, North Dakota, Feb. 14, 2018. After stabilizing the casualty, defenders vectored in a rescue helicopter for an emergency medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Hutchings, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, checks the heartbeat of a child in Meteti, Panama, April 17, 2018. Hutchings participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, which assisted communities in Panama by providing medical assistance and building facilities such as schools, a youth community center and a women’s health ward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Hutchings, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, checks the heartbeat of a child in Meteti, Panama, April 17, 2018. Hutchings participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, which assisted communities in Panama by providing medical assistance and building facilities such as schools, a youth community center and a women’s health ward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Hutchings, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, explains health information to a local woman near Meteti, Panama, April 17, 2018. Hutchings was part of an Embedded Health Engagement Team, which gave him a unique learning experience by submerging him into local clinics. The team participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, which assisted communities in Panama by providing medical assistance and building facilities such as schools, a youth community center and a women’s health ward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Hutchings, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, explains health information to a local woman near Meteti, Panama, April 17, 2018. Hutchings was part of an Embedded Health Engagement Team, which gave him a unique learning experience by submerging him into local clinics. The team participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, which assisted communities in Panama by providing medical assistance and building facilities such as schools, a youth community center and a women’s health ward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Segura, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, speaks to a family May 11, 2018 in the Coclé Province of Panama. The medical team participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, a joint training exercise focused on civil engineer, medical, and support service personnel’s ability to prepare, deploy, operate, and redeploy outside the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Segura, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, speaks to a family May 11, 2018 in the Coclé Province of Panama. The medical team participated in Exercise New Horizons 2018, a joint training exercise focused on civil engineer, medical, and support service personnel’s ability to prepare, deploy, operate, and redeploy outside the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- The work of maintaining Air Force medical readiness never stops. To deliver medical support in combat theaters, disaster relief settings and other deployed environments, Air Force medics need to train alongside their operational counterparts.

These exercises are a vital opportunity to practice deployable medical skills outside of a normal clinical setting, review medical deployment packages, and integrate into operational units. Many of the training exercises also support community and global health engagement, delivering healthcare to underserved populations and strengthening ties with allies.

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