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Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe (right) applies broken nose moulage to Senior Airman Shauna-Kay Nation

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe (right), 51st Medial Group Aeromedical Evacuation technician, applies broken nose moulage to Senior Airman Shauna-Kay Nation, role player, prior to a medical training event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Oglesbe found a passion in doing moulage makeup prior to joining the Air Force, and uses her passion to make realistic injuries for medical personnel to respond to during training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Shauna-Kay Nation has a broken nose moulaged onto her face prior to a training event at Osan Air Base

Senior Airman Shauna-Kay Nation, role player, has a broken nose moulaged onto her face prior to a training event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. The moulage gives medical personnel a sense of realism during training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe puts the finishing touches on a moulaged fractured wrist

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe puts the finishing touches on a moulaged fractured wrist prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Oglesbe is able to create a variety of injuries ranging from simple bruises to more in-depth injuries like cranial fractures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Staff Sgt Stephon Honeycutt prepares to apply makeup to a role player prior to a medical training scenario

Staff Sgt Stephon Honeycutt, 51st Medical Group resource management office technician, prepares to apply makeup to a role player prior to a medical training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. The moulage makeup enables medical personnel responding to the training scenario to have a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Staff Sgt. Bradley Borytsky has makeup applied to his head injury moulage prior to a training scenario

Staff Sgt. Bradley Borytsky, role player, has makeup applied to his head injury moulage prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Role players with moulage add a level of realism to scenarios for medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe adds fake blood to a broken wrist fracture moulage prior to a training scenario

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe, 51st Medical Group Aeromedical Evacuation technician, adds fake blood to a broken wrist fracture moulage prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Oglesbe is one of eight technicians trained at the 51st Medical Group, able to apply moulage to personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe prepares a wrist fracture moulage for a member prior to a training scenario

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe, 51st Medical Group Aeromedical Evacuation technician, prepares a wrist fracture moulage for a member prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Oglesbe is one of eight technicians trained to apply moulage to personnel helping create a realistic training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe prepares a wrist fracture moulage for a member prior to a training scenario

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe, 51st Medical Group Aeromedical Evacuation technician, prepares a wrist fracture moulage for a member prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Having members use moulage during the scenarios adds a level of realism for medical personnel during training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe prepares putty to put on a moulage patient prior to a training scenario

Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe, 51st Medical Group Aeromedical Evacuation technician, prepares putty to put on a moulage patient prior to a training scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. Oglesbe is one of eight technicians trained to apply moulage to personnel helping to create a realistic training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

Members from the 51st Medical Group are prepped with moulage makeup prior to a training exercise
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Members from the 51st Medical Group are prepped with moulage makeup prior to a training exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2021. The application of moulage can take as much time as a couple minutes to a couple hours depending on the severity of the injury needed to be created. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -- Moulage, French for casting or molding, is a technique in which special effects makeup is used to create wounds and other realism effects in otherwise simulated environments. These types of special effects can be commonly seen in horror films or television shows to add dramatic effects. Nonetheless, it takes a makeup artist’s dedication and expertise to bring these effects to life.

While in high school, Senior Airman Kenyetta Oglesbe, 51st Medical Group air evacuation technician, stumbled across a YouTube video about special effects makeup that sparked her interest. She then took her newly gained skills from online tutorials and self-application hands-on training and used them to create lifelike injuries on patients for training scenarios.

“I have so much fun helping create moulage patients,” said Oglesbe. “It feels really good knowing my work helps medics and first responders train to better prepare themselves for real world situations. My job can become pretty stressful at times, so it doubles as a great stress reliever.”

Moulage is a way to provide the most realistic injury simulations possible. Instead of trainees imagining the patient has a traumatic brain injury, they are able to actually see what that injury might look like first-hand thanks to the moulage technique.

“We use moulage during training events, so we can create realistic scenarios for doctors and everyone involved,” said Oglesbe. “We can easily talk through different situations they may see, but it’s much more beneficial to see it themselves.”

Oglesbe said the patient’s simulated injuries are dictated by the needs of the medical trainers. The moulage technique enables her to create something as simple as a bruise or abrasion or something as complex as injuries seen in mass casualties such as burns or impalements. 

“I think moulage training allows medical personnel to apply their skills in a unique and different training environment,” said Staff Sgt. Bradley Borytsky, 51st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron mental health technician. “Normally, they wouldn’t come across these injuries until an actual real-world scenario, so giving them the opportunity to hone those skills prior enables them to keep patients safer while also sharpening their skills.”

Training events involving wounds created utilizing the moulage technique provides a more accurate representative experience for medical personnel for what they may encounter down-range or during real-world medical emergencies.

“It’s a huge morale booster for me to be able to do something I love while helping medics and first responders train for real world situations.” said Oglesbe. “I’m really thankful I’m able to contribute to the mission by doing something I’m passionate about.”

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