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    Nashville Air Guard Units Build Remote Workstations in Readiness Push

    Nashville Air Guard Units Build Remote Workstations in Readiness Push

    Courtesy Photo | Airmen from the 118th Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, assemble a tent during a...... read more read more

    Several units at the 118th Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard trained for working in field conditions in tents July 15, 2020 at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee.

    The exercise, which was inspired by the 2018 National Defense Strategy, was primarily focused on building readiness within the wing and preparing Airmen for working in deployed locations.

    “We have to get back to our roots operating in tents and with minimal infrastructure, so we can sustain our combat operations when and where directed,” said Maj. Nash LeGrand, the chief of plans for the 118th Wing. “This exercise was a step in restoring that readiness here at the 118th.”

    Airmen from the 118th Mission Support Group, 118th Medical Group, and 118th Wing staff all worked together in setting up tents and workstations to function from. Following this, 118th Civil Engineer Squadron connected power and air conditioning to the tents, while 118th Communications Flight set up network and computer capabilities.

    Once power and networks were established, the 118th Comptroller Flight conducted finance operations, the 118th MDG set up medical stations, and the 118th Services Flight cooked and served a meal from the tents.

    “Something as simple as building a tent actually takes teamwork, it takes effective communication,” said Tech. Sgt. Amanda Bishop, the quality assurance manager for the 118th CPTF. “I think the purpose of this exercise was for our leadership to remind us that we are Airmen first before we are technical experts in our field.”

    While things generally proceeded smoothly, leadership believes there is still room for improvement.

    “As we get better at the individual pieces, we will start adding layers of complexity into our scenarios, training and exercises to simulate as best as possible a full-on deployment,” said LeGrand. “It's good to see the wing come together as a team, get outside the mindset of day-to-day operations and really focus on the readiness.”

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    Date Taken: 07.17.2020
    Date Posted: 08.22.2020 09:52
    Story ID: 374101
    Location: NASHVILLE, TN, US 

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