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Exercise Vengeant Eagle prepares Dover for full spectrum readiness

A view from inside an M50 gas mask during the 2018 Vengeant Eagle Exercise Feb. 22, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The mask is an improvement over the previous M40 model and allows better visibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A view from inside an M50 gas mask during the 2018 Vengeant Eagle Exercise Feb. 22, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The mask is an improvement over the previous M40 model and allows better visibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

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Team Dover Airmen process through a personnel deployment function line to ensure they have all required training and equipment prior to their simulated deployment Feb. 21, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. These Airmen also received several briefings with information about the situation down-range, the area-specific health and wellness risks and basic instructions for maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Davis)

Staff Sgt. Nikko Kuusinen, a 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, C-5M Super Galaxy crew chief, marshals in a C-5M during the 2018 Exercise Vengeant Eagle Feb. 22, 2018. Airmen performed their jobs in Mission Oriented Protective Posture, MOPP, gear the same way they would on a regular day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Staff Sgt. Nikko Kuusinen, a 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, C-5M Super Galaxy crew chief, marshals in a C-5M during the 2018 Exercise Vengeant Eagle Feb. 22, 2018. Airmen performed their jobs in Mission Oriented Protective Posture, MOPP, gear the same way they would on a regular day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

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Lt. Col. Mark Radio, 3rd Airlift Squadron commander, processes through a personnel deployment function line to ensure he has all required training and equipment prior to his simulated deployment Feb. 21, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Airmen received several briefings with information about the situation down-range, the area-specific health and wellness risks and basic instructions for maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Davis)

The 436th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal, the 3rd Airlift Squadron and the 9th Airlift Squadron conducted a Noncombatant Evacuation Order during a base exercise Feb. 23, 2018. Aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, crew members secure passengers in preparation for simulated evacuation during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

The 436th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal, the 3rd Airlift Squadron and the 9th Airlift Squadron conducted a Noncombatant Evacuation Order during a base exercise Feb. 23, 2018. Aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, crew members secure passengers in preparation for simulated evacuation during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Team Dover Airmen offload a C-5M Super Galaxy wearing full MOPP gear during the 2018 Vengeant Eagle Exercise Feb. 22, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. One of the many tasks during the exercise was to land and offload cargo in a simulated contaminated environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Team Dover Airmen offload a C-5M Super Galaxy wearing full MOPP gear during the 2018 Vengeant Eagle Exercise Feb. 22, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. One of the many tasks during the exercise was to land and offload cargo in a simulated contaminated environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Technical Sgt. Justin Leonard, a 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a K-loader to the cargo bay of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the 2018 Exercise Vengeant Eagle Feb. 22, 2018. The exercise showed the importance of base wide professional readiness in all career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Technical Sgt. Justin Leonard, a 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a K-loader to the cargo bay of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the 2018 Exercise Vengeant Eagle Feb. 22, 2018. The exercise showed the importance of base wide professional readiness in all career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — More than 200 Airmen assigned to Dover AFB participated in simulated events designed to replicate all the phases of a large-scale deployment during a 48-hour readiness exercise here Feb. 21 to 22, 2018.

Exercise Vengeant Eagle ‘18 assessed and evaluated Team Dover’s capability to deploy and conduct operations in a contested environment, said Maj. Christopher Smith, 436th Airlift Wing Inspector General chief of exercises.

Participants processed through deployment line stations and received training to ensure they had all required training and equipment prior to their simulated deployment.

Once deployed to the simulated base, the Airmen processed cargo and accomplished mobility operations, responding to a variety of simulated threats, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear. This required Airmen to perform routine duties while wearing the appropriate individual protective equipment, including CBRN protective posture.

“Many Airmen haven’t seen or experienced large-scale deployments along with operating in a contested environment, and this exercise was another step in the larger goal of full spectrum readiness for the wing and Air Mobility Command,” Smith said. “The constant evolving threats around the world require our wing be ready for multiple complex scenarios, and exercising these requirements at home station give our Airmen the valuable training and skills they need to continue to be effective warfighters.”

The term full-spectrum readiness was recently explained and expanded on by Chief Master Sgt. Shelina Frey, AMC command chief, in a commentary titled, “AMC command chief 2018 vision: Total Force Full Spectrum Readiness.”

“The readiness aspect is critical in all we do – readiness entails being ready for the fight: from having our family prepared on the homefront; to conducting and completing the training we need to accomplish the mission; to ensuring we have the equipment and expertise we need to not only sustain the fight, but to win the fight,” Frey said. “Whatever challenge the world presents, we have to do everything possible to ensure our Airmen’s readiness …

“I like to expand that definition when I say ‘big ‘A’ Airmen’ to also include our contractors, family members and retirees.”

While the exercise tested traditional deployment procedures, the intent was to ensure the wing is prepared for every aspect of deployment and aligns with Air Force priorities.

Another wing exercise is currently being planned and the feedback from this exercise will shape future training to ensure base readiness, Smith said.

Team Dover’s mission is to provide Rapid Global Mobility anytime, anywhere in the world. Whether it be support to disaster relief efforts or other contingencies, Dover AFB is ready to respond at a moment’s notice and continuous exercises like Vengeant Eagle help expand that capability.

“Overall, we were very pleased with the results of the exercise,” Smith said. “We hit our main objectives and were able to learn a lot in the process. We will continue to evolve our training and exercises to become better as a wing and mobility enterprise.

“I am extremely proud of the Airmen of Team Dover. Their positive attitudes and hard work really paid off, and it was evident throughout the exercise that they had a tremendous amount of pride and seriousness in what they were accomplishing.”