Technology Plays Key Role In KY Air Guard Disaster Drill

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 5/17/2012 12:24 am
Technology is playing an increasing role in our lives and an increasing role in saving lives.

ABC 36 News went along on a training mission with the Kentucky Air National Guard this week.

The 123rd Airlift Wing out of Louisville is called-on to be one of the first responders to natural disasters anywhere in the world.

On this particular drill, the unit was sent to Fort Campbell to assess the condition of the air field after a simulated massive earthquake hit the area.

State-of-the-art technology played a key role in that assessment.

First, there was voice technology.

Second, data.

123rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Greg Nelson says, "The third thing that we did for the first time is streaming video. And that's hugely critical or hugely important so that we were able to turn the camera around and say this is the area where we will park helicopters and perform search and rescue support. This is an area where facilities are still good and we can stage patients for air medical evacuations."

The unit doesn't know where its next training exercise or actual mission will take them, but know that they'll be ready.

ABC 36 would like to thank all the men and women of the 123rd and Kentucky Air National Guard for their help and cooperation, especially Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kirk Hilbrecht.


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