Shaw Air Force Base postponed an accident response drill planned for today because some of its key emergency personnel will be assisting in the Haitian disaster relief effort.
Base officials said Wednesday that 15 airmen who would have participated in the exercise are slated for the relief mission.
Two airmen - a flight surgeon and a medical technician - left Wednesday, a spokesman said. The remainder will depart in the next few days.
"We could definitely support a real-world incident at this time, but continuing our flying operations to maintain combat capability is a priority at this point," said Erik Singletary, 20th Fighter Wing exercise and inspections director.
The 20th Fighter Wing, based at Shaw, has 600 airmen deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The exercise, which would have simulated an F-16 crash at the base, has been rescheduled for February.
- Chuck Crumbo