News: Team Andersen exercises for upcoming inspection
Story by Staff Sgt. Veronica Montes
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - With the Combined Unit Inspection scheduled for May 2013, Andersen is looking at compliance initiatives and conducting various exercises to prepare airmen for success.
The CUI is a two-part inspection, focusing on both compliance and readiness. Roughly 90 evaluators are currently scheduled to inspect Team Andersen.
The first week, May 6-10, compliance with policies and procedures will be evaluated. Andersen units have been working to reach their compliance goals by going through checklists, programs and other various instructions.
"During the compliance portion, inspectors will evaluate how units are doing as far as complying with checklists, Air Force Instructions and the Management Internal Control Toolset portion," said Master Sgt. Bradley Dapilmoto, 36th Wing Inspector General inspections and exercises superintendent. "If units haven't done so, they should get themselves into MICT soon so they can conduct self-inspections, and make sure they are up-to-date on checklists."
This will also cover areas of security and information assurance.
Aside from compliance initiatives, hands-on training is conducted to prepare Team Andersen for the second week of the readiness portion, May 13-17. Dapilmoto said it's important to be familiar with the training for this inspection because it prepares airmen for a wartime mission.
During the readiness portion, ability to survive and operate initiatives will be evaluated, including self-aid and buddy care, use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives gear and procedures, and alarm conditions.
Emergency management officials said these readiness skills are important, especially when dealing with ATSO and CBRNE.
"The CBRNE training provides individuals with the knowledge and proficiency skill sets when they deploy or operate in a CBRNE threat area to ensure force survivability and mission continuation," said 2nd Lt. Dominic Leon Guerrero, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron readiness and emergency management flight commander. "There may come a time when we have to live and work in an environment that is unimaginable for a long duration. Operational sustainment will hinge on each individual's capability to survive and operate within the context of that CBRNE environment."
CBRNE exercises were put into practice for pre-evaluation when roughly 300 airmen geared up for an ATSO Rodeo here, March 15, to assess their knowledge and proficiency. Airmen also displayed their SABC skills by caring for simulated injured patients and litter carrying them to safety.
Along with the readiness aspect of the exercise, a noncombatant evacuation operation scenario was exercised to test, evaluate and determine the capabilities of receiving and possibly re-evacuating noncombatants to a safe haven or to a designated continental U.S. repatriation site. This is another scenario Andersen will accomplish in the upcoming CUI.
Airmen are encouraged by leadership to take advantage of the training opportunities provided and do their best to ensure success on this year's CUI.
"Our Air Force plays a critical role in this region, and as the threat continues to transform, so must our preparedness actions," said Leon Guerrero. "These types of exercises are designed to evaluate how well we are organized, trained and equipped to conduct our wartime mission within the scope of the threat. Individuals need to use the exercise environment to refine their knowledge and skills so when called upon, we can execute.