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Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Airmen respond to an injury during an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. Exercises were held across Air Force Materiel Command bases in December in response to Defense Department and Department of the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Airmen assigned to the 75th Security Forces Squadron clear their weapons as they arrive for an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) training exercise, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. The exercise focused on developing Airmen's ability to survive and operate in hostile wartime environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Air Force 1st Lt. Christopher Hopkins, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, during function checks and M-16 rifle during an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. Participating Airmen were evaluated on weapons procedures, self-aid and buddy care, and how to respond to contaminated environments and explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Airmen reassemble weapons during an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) training exercise, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2107. The training is designed to strengthen AFMC Airmen's readiness command-wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians assigned to 775th Civil Engineer Squadron field strip weapons during an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) training exercise, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. The focus of the exercise was to enhance Air Force Materiel Command's full-spectrum readiness by evaluating Airmen's readiness to perform wartime missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Airmen assigned to the 75th Security Forces Squadron clear their weapons as they arrive for an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) training exercise, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. The exercise focused on developing Airmen's ability to survive and operate in hostile wartime environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Airmen perform ‘buddy checks’ after donning MOPP (mission oriented protective posture) gear during an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. Exercises were held across Air Force Materiel Command bases in December in response to Defense Department and Department of the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Training exercises enhance wartime readiness

Capt. Oruaro Idudhe, 75th Medical Group, moulages the knee of Senior Airman Garrett Fix, 75th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, in preparation for an ATSO (ability to survive and operate) exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 5, 2017. These exercises will guide development of a continuous training cycle that sustains a new state of readiness for AFMC Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- During training exercises here Dec. 5 and 7, Airmen were evaluated on weapons procedures, self-aid and buddy care, military operations in contaminated environments, and explosives containment.

The ability of Airmen to survive and operate in a combat environment and effectively perform wartime missions is getting renewed attention in response to Defense Department and Department of the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness.

Hill AFB, along with other Air Force Materiel Command bases, used the exercises to evaluate its Expeditionary Readiness Training program and its Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Awareness & Survival Skills program.

“As part of the additional emphasis on readiness, [Air Force Materiel Command] is taking a crawl, walk, run approach to evaluate the training personnel are receiving prior to deployment,” said Installation Exercise Manager Rick Dooley. “The personnel selected for the evaluation had to complete or be current on the three main training items required for deployment: weapons qualification, SABC (self-aid and buddy care) and CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives).”

Those being evaluated included Airmen from the 75th ABW and tenant units. The evaluators were members of the Wing Inspection Team along with subject matter experts from several mission partnerss.

The AFMC mission is to deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities for America’s Air Force. These exercises ensure the command is ready to provide installation and mission support across the Air Force enterprise.