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JB Charleston executes full-spectrum readiness exercise

Capt. Christopher Long, 315th Airlift Wing officer in charge of accessories, listens to a radio transmission during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Capt. Christopher Long, 315th Airlift Wing officer in charge of accessories, listens to a radio transmission during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Airman 1st Class Andrew Brewer, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron apprentice, issues an M-16 during an operational readiness exercise Nov 14, 2018, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Airman 1st Class Andrew Brewer, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron apprentice, issues an M-16 during an operational readiness exercise Nov 14, 2018, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen prepare mobility bags during a readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen prepare mobility bags during a readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

A group of Airmen prepare for a mock deployment during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

A group of Airmen prepare for a mock deployment during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Capt. Richard Brockington, 15th Airlift Squadron pilot, walks up the stairs of a C-17 Globemaster III during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Capt. Richard Brockington, 15th Airlift Squadron pilot, walks up the stairs of a C-17 Globemaster III during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

A C-17 Globemaster III is being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities and analyze ways to maximize efficiency.

A C-17 Globemaster III is being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities and analyze ways to maximize efficiency.

Senior Airman Shanice Truell, left, 315th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Senior Airman Vincent Amor, right, 628th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guard a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Senior Airman Shanice Truell, left, 315th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Senior Airman Vincent Amor, right, 628th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guard a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

1st Lt. Paul Underwood, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, inspects an unexploded ordnance during an exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

1st Lt. Paul Underwood, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, inspects an unexploded ordnance during an exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Senior Airman Shanice Truell, left, 315th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Senior Airman Vincent Amor, right, 628th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guard a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

The Air Mobility Command patch on the shoulder of an Airman during a readiness exercise Nov. 12, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

Airman 1st Class Derek Riley, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, looks out at a C-17 Globemaster III being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.
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Airman 1st Class Derek Riley, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, looks out at a C-17 Globemaster III being loaded during a readiness exercise Nov. 16, 2018 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities.

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Approximately 600 Airmen from the 628th Air Base Wing, 437th Airlift Wing and 315th Airlift Wing teamed up for a total force rapid mobility exercise Nov. 13-17, 2018.

The exercise focused on total force readiness, mobilization, base defense and quick-response airlift capabilities, according to Col. Rockie Wilson, 628th Mission Support Group commander and leader of one of the exercise’s simulated air expeditionary groups.

“Based upon today’s global climate, we have to be able to prepare, mobilize and deploy our forces on a large scale to respond anywhere in the world,” said Wilson. “Instead of deploying individually to support counterinsurgency operations as we have done for the past 15-20 years, this is a large scale, full-spectrum readiness response exercise.”

To keep the training as realistic as possible, participants from across JB Charleston received the equipment, weapons and specialty uniform items they would use in real-world situations. The simulated scenarios enabled senior base leaders and subject matter experts to ensure the readiness of JB Charleston’s quick response capabilities and analyze ways to maximize their effectiveness.

“Practicing these types of plans is extremely important to make sure we are constantly trained and ready to go,” said Tech. Sgt. John Christopher, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron structural NCO in charge and exercise participant. “It has also given us an opportunity to logistically see how long it would take us to mobilize and gives us a chance see how our plans and processes can become more efficient.

“As NCOs, the more knowledge we can pass down to our younger Airmen, the better prepared we will be as a fighting force for the future,” he added.

Conducting exercises with the incorporation of the reserve element helps ensure continuity between components. The result is an effective total force that is able deliver mobility in a timely manner with minimal setbacks.

“Being able to test and demonstrate our abilities as a total force is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Col. Steve Lanier, 315th Operations Group commander and exercise air expeditionary group commander. “This allowed us to sharpen our abilities and strengthen our confidence in order to complete any mission.”

After the long week of planning and execution, the base and its leaders learned a lot about their force. Many units pulled 12-hour shifts in order to complete their missions.

“I’m proud of what we have accomplished during the training,” said Wilson. “The fact that all three wings came together and performed at the level that they have is a win in and of itself. The Airmen in all three wings did a great job executing the duties that they were tasked with and I look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”