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114th Fighter Wing conducts readiness exercise

175th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons are parked on the flight line during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 8, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

175th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons are parked on the flight line during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 8, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Maintenance Squadron ammunition Airmen prepared munitions during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 13, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

114th Maintenance Squadron ammunition Airmen prepared munitions during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 13, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Senior Master Sgt. Becky Langloss, 114th Fighter Wing recruiting retention superintendent, briefed Airmen during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 10, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

Senior Master Sgt. Becky Langloss, 114th Fighter Wing recruiting retention superintendent, briefed Airmen during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 10, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Aircraft Maintenance Airmen prepared aircraft during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 8, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

114th Aircraft Maintenance Airmen prepared aircraft during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 8, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

175th Fighter Squadron F-16s sat on the runway before takeoff during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 13, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

175th Fighter Squadron F-16s sat on the runway before takeoff during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 13, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen weigh equipment needed for the deployment during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) from Oct. 10, 2017, at Joe Foss Field, S.D.

114th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen weigh equipment needed for the deployment during the Phase 1 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) from Oct. 10, 2017, at Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Airmen 1st Class Jesse Kramer, 114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chief, prepared to launch a F-16 Fighting Falcons during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

Airmen 1st Class Jesse Kramer, 114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chief, prepared to launch a F-16 Fighting Falcons during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart)

114th Aircraft Maintenance Airmen took cover while wearing their chemical protective gear during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

114th Aircraft Maintenance Airmen took cover while wearing their chemical protective gear during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorrie Hart)

14th Maintenance Squadron Airmen tend to a simulated injured Airman during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D.

114th Maintenance Squadron Airmen tend to a simulated injured Airman during the Phase 2 of the Attack Response Exercise (ARE) Oct. 14, 2017, Joe Foss Field, S.D. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to rapidly deploy personnel and materiel to a deployed location in support of a Combatant Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorrie Hart)

Joe Foss Field, S.D. --

The 114th Fighter Wing held an Attack Response Exercise (ARE) from Oct. 7-15, 2017, at Joe Foss Field, S.D. The exercise is part of the South Dakota Air National Guard’s regular training to ensure Airmen have the skills necessary to perform homeland defense and support overseas operations.

 

“As part of our annual training requirement, we are testing our ability to rapidly send combat power anywhere in the world on a moment's notice.” said Maj. Matthew Kayser, 114th Fighter Wing inspector general director of complaint resolution.

 

The exercise was conducted by members of the 114th Fighter Wing Inspector General office to objectively evaluate the ability of the South Dakota Air National Guard to process people and cargo, and generate and deploy F-16 Fighting Falcons around the world.

 

The exercise encompassed everything from individual Airmen receiving a deployment notification phone call to the entire wing operating in a simulated deployed environment. 

 

During the preparation phase, Airmen went through simulated deployment processing where they were issued equipment and received briefings on active duty benefits, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, public affairs, human resources, medical and dental requirements, as well as other topics to ensure they were prepared to deploy.

 

The 114th Logistic Readiness Squadron also simulated preparation of cargo and equipment needed for the deployment. After determining the equipment needed, Airmen gathered, packed, organized and weighed equipment and materials to be loaded onto multiple cargo aircraft.

 

The deployment phase evaluated the 114th Fighter Wing's ability to perform operations at a deployed location under adverse conditions. This included practicing CBRNE response procedures and performing self-aid buddy care on injured Airman while conducting flying operations.

 

“The 2017 ARE was a highly successful validation of the 114th Fighter Wing's worldwide commitments. The complete success of this ARE was due to the professionalism, commitment, and sacrifice of our Airmen, families, employers, and schools. I couldn't be prouder of our success, and the positive attitude, pride, and morale shown by our Airmen.” said Col. Nathan Alholinna, 114th Fighter Wing commander. 

 

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