By Greg Gullberg
Feb. 27, 2013
Moody AFB - It's the calm before the storm. Airmen at Moody Air Force Base move about their daily duties in a simulated environment much like in Afghanistan.
In the Command and Control tent it's business as usual when suddenly everything changes. Bombs explode outside.
The airmen promptly put on their protective gear and duck for cover. Confusion grips the room. Then the tent catches fire and they evacuate.
All the airmen in the camp gather in simulated bunkers made of sandbags and tape. That's when chemical bombs go off along the nearby road.
Training exercises like this one simulate the types of attacks these airmen may face when deployed overseas.
"Moody is one of the most heavily deployed bases in the continental U.S. even against bases that are much bigger than us. So these training missions are vitally important for being able to accomplish the mission," said Captain Zachary Garrett.
Firefighters rush in to extinguish the flames. Time is of the essence before the blaze spreads.
The smoke is so heavy you can't see more than a few feet in front of you. Finally, the fire is out, the all-clear is given and crisis is averted.
These airmen passed today's test, but the real test will come when they are deployed in real life.