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ORE kicks off Feb. 25, be prepared

Posted 2/25/2012   Updated 2/27/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Justin Weaver
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

2/25/2012 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The 31st Fighter Wing kicks off an Operational Readiness Exercise Feb. 25 through March 2 to exercise the Wing's readiness and ability to conduct combat operations from homestation.

During the exercise, the Wing will set up defensive fighting positions and conduct operations on Areas 1, 2 and F depending on the scenario. According to Lt. Col. Anthony Griffin, 31st FW plans and programs, the impact to dependents and non-players will be minimal. Individuals accessing the base may occasionally be delayed temporarily, but access to The Exchange, Commissary, Hospital and other agencies will not be affected during the exercise.

Once the exercise begins, Team Aviano will be expected to conduct combat operations from Aviano Air Base as tasked by higher headquarters. This will include generating aircraft, deploying personnel and cargo, bedding down and integrating forces deploying to Aviano, and executing combat sorties from Aviano. Some of this tasking will be executed while operating within a chemical, biological or radiological environment.

"This is a fight-in-place scenario," said Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 31st FW commander, while noting that it is one of the most realistic scenarios he has seen in his career. "Supervisors must be prepared, and must also prepare their Airmen so all involved know the game plan. Airmen should immediately elevate and communicate any issues through their chain of command."

All exercise players are reminded to keep their chemical gear with them at all times. Once they leave the designated play areas, they can remove the chemical gear. Additionally, the mask, gloves and boots are not to be worn while driving any vehicle.

"Keep safety at the forefront and be familiar with your gear," stressed Zobrist. "A positive attitude will be key to our success. Be ready to execute the gameplan, and make sure you always react with a sense of urgency."

Helpful ORE tips:
- Personnel may drive their own vehicles to their work centers
- Comply with any blockades and status boards
- Notify your UCC if delays will affect mission accomplishment
- Alarm conditions while driving - Continue to work center parking lot
- Remain in vehicle until General Release or All Clear
- Don appropriate MOPP before walking away from vehicle
- Physically check in/check out of your UCC

Personnel, Cargo Deployment tips:
- Bring your mobility folder, snacks, beverages, books
- Bring mobility bag
- Always remember operational security
- Unit deployment managers are required to accompany chalks to fix discrepancies

2/25/2012 10:41:52 AM ET
Frustrating to see a huge focus on incoming members and spouses yet only lip service for our members with children during exercises like this. Why can't the CDCs be open over the weekend
Jonathan, Aviano
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