Mobilize, move and operate
By Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson, 120th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office
/ Published October 04, 2015
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- 120th Airlift Wing members will participate in a readiness and capability assessment to test their ability to mobilize, deploy and meet the tasking of their new airlift mission during the "super drill" scheduled for Aug. 8-13.
The exercise scenario will place wing members and aircraft in a simulated deployed environment supporting United States Air Force Central Command requirements at a low-threat base.
"We're simulating a very real-world scenario of a tasking to an AFCENT base, so this should be very similar to what we are going to see in future deployments," said Lt. Col. Jeffery Carlton, 120th Airlift Wing inspector general and commander's inspection program director.
The exercise will test the ability of 120th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen to perform personnel and cargo handling under the new installation deployment plan and maintenance personnel to prepare and generate C-130 Hercules aircraft missions.
Operations personnel will participate in "flyaway ops" where they will fly their aircraft on missions to and from various locations throughout the state.
Unit members can also expect to participate in a variety of injects and scenario cards requiring them to react to simulated incidents or emergencies during the exercise both in the pre-deployment and in theater environment.
The work shifts may vary according to the mission involvement of each section, but Airmen should expect to work between 10 and 12-hour shifts during the force generation phase of the exercise.
Carlton said the unscripted exercise will present challenges to personnel who may not be familiar with new technology now being used for deployments. The six-part personnel deployment function folder has been replaced by electronic Air Force Form 4005: Individual Deployment Requirements Checklist, and Air and Space Expeditionary Forces Online will be utilized by unit deployment managers and deploying personnel to access deployment-related information.
Exercise observers and evaluators will consist of the wing inspector general staff augmented by subject matter experts who serve as members of the wing inspection team. Wing IG and WIT members will wear white badges while they evaluate the events held during the exercise.
Carlton also said that a cornerstone of the Air Force Inspection System process is that every Airman is a sensor. He encourages Airmen to suggest improvements to existing processes or to immediately identify anything they may see that may be dangerous during the exercise.
"Anybody who sees anything of note should get that information to a WIT member or directly to me as the IG so we can take a look at it and put it into the report," said Carlton. "We can't fix something that we don't know is broken."
Carlton provided three keys to completing the exercise successfully: Airmen should maintain a good attitude, perform work to the best of their ability, and react to what they see when they see it.
"The Airmen are going to be doing things that are focused on deploying themselves or helping other people deploy," said Carlton. "They need to be professionals in their field. We're not going to ask people to do things that are outside of the scope of what they can actually expect to see mobilizing, moving and operating in a rear-echelon, low-threat deployed base."
Carlton said the exercise will help determine how well Airmen perform their jobs and measure the overall mission effectiveness of the 120th AW.