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Oregon Air National Guard conducts expeditionary skills rodeo

Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard enjoy a lighter moment during the bus ride to the AEF Skill Rodeo training area, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard enjoy a lighter moment during the bus ride to the AEF Skill Rodeo training area, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Senior Airman Crystal Atkinson, assigned to the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron, instructs Airmen during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Senior Airman Crystal Atkinson, assigned to the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron, instructs Airmen during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen help each other with protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen help each other with protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen help each other with protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 14, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen help each other with protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 14, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Alica Tishmack, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, guides a group during training at the AEF Skills Rodeo at the Portland Air National Guard Base, April 12, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Alica Tishmack, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, guides a group during training at the AEF Skills Rodeo at the Portland Air National Guard Base, April 12, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, base emergency manager assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, gives a hands on demonstration during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, base emergency manager assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, gives a hands on demonstration during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Master Sgt. Ken Bollenbaugh, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, inspects some of his protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Master Sgt. Ken Bollenbaugh, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, inspects some of his protective equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Keven Baker, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron, checks his Airman’s Manual and protective mask during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Keven Baker, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron, checks his Airman’s Manual and protective mask during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, Emergency Management Superintendent, delivers training information during one of the eight stations set up for the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, Emergency Management Superintendent, delivers training information during one of the eight stations set up for the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Senior Airman Lonnie Peak begins to dress in protective training equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 215, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon Air National Guard Senior Airman Lonnie Peak begins to dress in protective training equipment during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 215, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

A group of Oregon Air National Guard Airmen work together at one of eight stations set up for training during the AEF Skill Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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A group of Oregon Air National Guard Airmen work together at one of eight stations set up for training during the AEF Skill Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon National Guard Tech. Sgt. George Sanders, right, applies a bandage to Maj. Paul Granada, left, during the AEF Skill Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Both Sanders and Granada are assigned to 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group and are preparing for deployment with others members of the 142nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon National Guard Tech. Sgt. George Sanders, right, applies a bandage to Maj. Paul Granada, left, during the AEF Skill Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Both Sanders and Granada are assigned to 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group and are preparing for deployment with others members of the 142nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard medic from the 116th Air Control Squadron, Master Sgt. Johnson , left demonstrates how to apply medical bandages to Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Provincial , right during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon Air National Guard medic from the 116th Air Control Squadron, Master Sgt. Johnson , left demonstrates how to apply medical bandages to Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Provincial , right during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Amy Newkirk, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, arrives to the AEF Skills Rodeo instruction area, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., April 12, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Amy Newkirk, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, arrives to the AEF Skills Rodeo instruction area, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., April 12, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen take part in a training session during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon Air National Guard Airmen take part in a training session during the AEF Skills Rodeo, April 12, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Dena Johnson, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing, center, gives instructions on the proper way to lift and carry a simulated victim during medical training in the AEF Skills Rodeo, Aril 12, 2015. Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)
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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Dena Johnson, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing, center, gives instructions on the proper way to lift and carry a simulated victim during medical training in the AEF Skills Rodeo, Aril 12, 2015. Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Release)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. -- - Nearly 300 Airmen participated in readiness training during the April and May Unit Assembly Training (UTA) periods here, encompassing preparation for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRNE) defense along with self-aid buddy care provisions.

The Air Expeditionary Skills Rodeo conducted over the two UTA weekends allowed members of the 142nd Fighter Wing, 116th Air Control Squadron and 125th Special Tactics Squadron to regenerate required skills necessary for global deployments and emergency operations at any time.

With tents and training stations set up near the athletic fields on base, Airman were able to get focused training from medical and installation emergency personnel in a condensed environment. Each station allowed the participants to run through training scenarios, from dressing wounds to establishing breathing airways, patient transport and using chemical protection gear.

"Everyone will get this training every three years, allowing knowledge and awareness and the hands-on aspect critical to mission readiness," said Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron installation emergency manager. "The hands-on part is probably the most important because these are perishable skills and this [training] flexes that muscle memory."

The overall two-hour training period was carefully designed, allowing groups to train both one-on-one and in smaller teams, refreshing their basic survival skills. The separate stations improved the flow of information, breaking up the exercise for focused attention and retention.

The CBRNE portion of the rodeo featured classroom instruction outside under a pavilion with video presentations and hands-on demonstrations.

"It's one-stop shopping in a sense. Everyone gets up to speed in two hours of work with all the preparation necessary for deployment in both chemical and biological situations, and with self-aid and buddy care," said McIlvain.

With tents and work areas located with a well-established arrangement, the flow from station to station was developed to keep all the Airmen moving in the two-hour window.

"With the eight separate stations, each piece touches the overall lifesaving skills needed in a deployed environment," said Master Sgt. Mike Brown, 142nd Fighter Wing self-aid and buddy care advisor.

The goal for Airmen is to provide immediate care until the casualty can be seen by a medical technician or doctor. Stopping the bleeding or establishing breathing and then transporting a victim were refreshed at the different stations.

"We're just trying to give the basic knowledge and skills to hopefully save someone's life," said Brown.

Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Provinsal, a medic assigned to the 116 ACS, noticed that each group was fully engaged in the new rodeo approach.

"Before we would have large groups just sitting in a classroom with not much interaction with what was demonstrated," she said. "It's much easier to go from station to station. Teaching hands-on is better because we can engage with everyone coming through."

The rodeo is scheduled to be held at different times each year. By training approximately 300-400 Airmen annually, all members can stay fully qualified every three years.