Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PACAF inspectors check Osan readiness

An A-10 Thunderbolt II sits inside a hardened aircraft shelter awaiting weapons loading during Beverly Midnight 12-02, an operational readiness exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 23, 2012. BM 12-02 is the second half of Team Osan’s two-week consolidated unit inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cisek) Hi-res

by Airman 1st Class Michael Battles
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

4/22/2012 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  -- Team Osan reported for duty April 22 in response to a base-wide recall for operational readiness exercise Beverly Midnight 12-02.

Beverly Midnight 12-02 is the second half of a two-week consolidated unit inspection where Osan Air Base Exercise Evaluation Team members are graded by Pacific Air Force inspectors on how well they conduct an ORE.

"Operation Readiness Exercises are great opportunities to put all our training together and demonstrate our ability to defend, execute and receive," said Col. Mark DeLong, 51st Fighter Wing vice commander.

Last week Osan completed the first part of the CUI where more than 100 inspectors went over the programs, plans and procedures for the base.

Throughout week two EET will evaluate Osan Airmen's ability to survive and operate in a wartime environment, as well as defend the base, execute combat operations and receive follow-on forces.

"Our exercises also have a 'real world' purpose," DeLong said.. "By demonstrating our outstanding ability to fight and win tonight, we send a powerful message to our adversary up north."

During the week, Airmen will showcase their ability to position, employ and sustain forces during a variety of simulated attacks and simulations. Participants will also demonstrate the ability to administer self-aid and buddy-care and survive and operate in a chemically contaminated environment.

"We're off to a great start, and we've done some great preparation over the last several months," said Maj. Glen Goossen, 51st Fighter Wing exercise and plans. "As long as Osan Airmen continue to execute in world-class fashion, the rest of the inspection will take care of itself."

Results of Osan's CUI and ORE will be released during a base-wide commander's call April 30.


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