By Tech. Sgt. Tory Cusimano, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 07, 2019
Members of the 31st Security Forces Squadron participate in a Full Spectrum Readiness exercise, Aviano Air Base, Italy, June 5, 2019. The exercise featured simulations of conventional attacks, such as mortar fire and incoming missiles, but also incorporated cyber and other aspects that forced units to operate at a disadvantage and still get the job done - together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Waggoner)
In an ever-evolving security environment, it’s crucial for the 31st Fighter Wing to remain prepared for anything. As U. S. Air Forces in Europe’s only fighter base south of the Alps, and boasting the Air Force’s most diverse operational mission set, the 31st FW represents an important strategic advantage against potential adversaries.
With so many moving parts, it’s important for the 31st FW to operate efficiently- and for that to happen, every Airman, squadron, and group needs to be on the same page and work together to accomplish the mission. That was the goal of the Full Spectrum Readiness exercise, which simulated attacks across several domains and challenged the wing to work together as one.
“It allows us to see how we integrate as a wing,” said Maj. Morgan Callender, 31st Inspector General director of inspections. “That way we see what goes into executing the mission as a whole.”
The exercise featured simulations of conventional attacks, such as mortar fire and incoming missiles, but also incorporated cyber and other aspects that forced units to operate at a disadvantage and still get the job done- together.
“You want to have that authentic response,” Callender said. “Normally, as the exercise progresses, you start to see that real-time response that you would expect in a real-life contingency environment.”
Throughout the exercise, the IG office was tasked with identifying ways the wing can strengthen its already high state of readiness.
“We’re constantly giving feedback as far as how we did and ways we can improve,” Callender said. “It makes us better moving forward.”
Overall, the Full Spectrum Readiness exercise was a success for the 31st Fighter Wing, Callender said.
“It’s been great. There have been challenges, but overall it’s been a learning experience.”