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    163d ATKW Airmen complete readiness training exercise

    163d ATKW Airmen complete readiness training exercise

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Javier Alvarez | Airmen of the 163d Civil Engineer Squadron, California Air National Guard, tear down...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Javier Alvarez 

    163d Attack Wing

    MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. – More than 370 California Air National Airmen assigned to the 163d Attack Wing participated in a wing wide readiness training exercise, May 12 to 14, 2022.

    The exercise is a continuation of a deployment training exercise which took place in late 2021, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Rey Tanuwidjaja, 163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, director of inspections. Grizzly Thunder 22-3, as it was labeled, was designed to test service member ability to rapidly respond to simulated attacks in a deployed environment from a near peer adversary using conventional and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear weapons. Events played out in the span of three days across three facilities.

    The low static crackle from a disembodied voice, better known as the “Giant Voice,” announces the order to lower or elevate the Mission Oriented Protective Posture level. This call to action has Airmen don their suits, boots, gloves, or any other equipment necessary, and react accordingly.

    The overarching scenario is written and carried out with input from the subject matter experts across each participating organization, said Tanuwidjaja. If service members are operating heavy equipment in a contested environment, there’s certain Tactics Techniques and Procedures that are involved in doing that. Inspectors rely on Wing Inspection Team members to effectively grade the tasks being done.

    There’s a requirement for Air Force Wings to conduct readiness training exercises in some capacity yearly. Though it doesn’t always have be as large in scale.

    At any point in the exercise Airmen don the well protected Mission Oriented Protective Posture suites designed to keep hazardous contaminants out. Airmen patrolled perimeters, operated heavy equipment, set up shelters, and fixed broken or malfunctioning equipment in the near triple digit temperatures. To add an elevated level of realism, some service members were selected to role-play as insurgents or casualties.

    For the exercise, Meals Ready to Eat were issued for all Wing participants, said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christina Shaw, 163d Force Support Squadron, California Air National Guard. The unit also set up a mobile kitchen and prepared hot meals for those service members who could safely make their way to dining hall.

    “I like how they’re making it as realistic an experience as possible,” said Shaw. “These are possible scenarios we can encounter when we’re deployed. This is the first time in the fifteen years I’ve been in the unit where we’ve gone to this level of detail. Some of us don’t wear the uniform every day, and it’s important to get a refresher and exercise that muscle memory to complete our jobs in high stress situations.”



    Date Taken: 05.15.2022
    Date Posted: 05.15.2022 17:05
    Story ID: 420774

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