Exercise Ultimate Caduceus

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  • By Peter Holstein
  • Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
Exercise Ultimate Caduceus is an annual patient movement exercise designed to test the ability of U.S. Transportation Command to provide medical evacuation. Air Force medical units, including the 60th Medical Group from Travis Air Force Base in California, the 413th Aeromedical Staging Squadron from Robins AFB in Georgia, the 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, the 934th AES from Minneapolis-St Paul Air Reserve Station, the 88th MDG from Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, the 59th MDG from Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, and other units, all played a vital role in the exercise.

Ultimate Caduceus simulates bringing in casualties from overseas, triaging them at Travis AFB, and moving them to longer-term and advanced-care facilities. This year, the exercise also tested the capability of the C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft to serve as a medical evacuation platform during large-scale global response scenarios.