302nd Airlift Wing completes three-day readiness exercise

FORT CARSON, Colorado — Members of the 302nd Airlift Wing set up a mock deployed environment and complete a readiness exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, November 14-17, 2019. This exercise helped fulfill the Air Force Reserve Command goal of influencing Airmen to focus on individual and unit readiness. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney)

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The main reason we exercise is to be ready for full-spectrum readiness when we have to deploy. And we have the opportunity to make our own objectives, and meet our goals in the exercise, so we can do it properly when it comes time to do it in real warfare. When we put our Reserve forces together, our Guard forces, and our active-duty forces, we are one strong Air Force, so this exercise is helping us work in a more contested environment. And so we are practicing some of the worst-case scenarios, and as reserves that are not full-time, this gives us a 72-hour, full-time pitcher to do our jobs, and in a wartime environment, because we’re out in the field together, working together, and making ourselves more resilient as Airmen and as Wingmen, so we’re watching out for each other while we’re out here exactly what we would have to do in a deployed environment. Our Airmen are doing an outstanding job, they are motivated, they are flexible, and they are ready to go when and where we’re called upon. (plane engine roaring)

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