May 30, 2012
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Javier Amaya, a Boynton Beach, Fla., native from the 48th Medical Operations Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, inserts a pin to secure an arch pole of an Alaskan tent during the Expeditionary Medical Support course here, May 30, 2012. During the course, instructors from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, taught more than 50 U.S. military members how to set up and operate a medical facility in a deployed environment. More than 500 military members from nine nations are participating in SR12, an annual U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsored exercise, May 28 - June 8. The goals of the exercise are to strengthen interoperability, facilitate training in crisis response and disaster management, and validate the readiness of deployable military medical and humanitarian assistance teams. The exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace, directly supports U.S. European Command's theater cooperation efforts and strategy for active security with European countries.