by 1st Lt. Kay M. Nissen
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/9/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- More
than 600 intelligence Airmen participated in a 24-hour lock-in training
event at the Korea Combat Operations Intelligence Center here Oct. 3
The training required Airmen of the 694th Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance Group to practice wartime operations while locked into
their workstation overnight.
"We're going to focus on intelligence oversight training ... one of our
goals is to have 100 percent of available people to go through
[contingency] training in a 24-hour period," said Capt. Kristian Thane,
694th ISRG Plans and Programs flight commander. "The end goal of this
training is that we want everybody to have the big picture. If you give
them (Airmen) the big picture of what we are trying to do ...there's a
good chance they will come up with good ideas, better ways of
accomplishing the mission."
Prior to 2013, the lock-in training event was not in effect for
approximately eight years. Now the 694th ISRG requires Airmen to prepare
for overnight training within the walls of the KCOIC every other month.
"We decided we have to reenergize training. We've got to be good not
only at what we do during day-to-day operations - we've got to be good
at what we do if a conflict or crisis breaks out," said Col. Shane
Hamilton, 694th ISRG commander. "It's hard what we do inside [the
KCOIC], we really push our Airmen to max perform ... they have taken to
it like fish to water."
With two previous lock-in training events this year, 694th ISRG Airmen
were able to identify potential improvements in their procedures and
tailor the event to meet the requirements of contingency operations.
"As a group, we really are a self-contained entity. Once our blast doors
shut, we're really an island. That takes a special kind of work for our
Airman," said Hamilton. "Not only are they really good at their intel
job, every Airman inside has also got other responsibilities that they
have to fulfill."
The training participants practiced skills to include contamination
control procedures, mission oriented protective posture gear driving,
and individual preparations for sustained contingency operations.
"One of the advantages of the lock-in is just getting people into that
mindset that we might have to be here for an extended period of time
during an actual war," said Staff Sgt. Matthew Rocheleau, 6th
Intelligence Squadron intelligence analyst."[We] need to get people out
of their comfort zone, and get them to realize that they might be
uncomfortable, they might be tired, however there's still a job that
needs to get done. It's still our duty to get it done."
The mission of the 694th ISRG is to provide continuous armistice
indications and warnings, as well as intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance operations in support of the Republic of Korea.
"What is important to me is how hard our Airmen work every single day.
This KCOIC and our mission is 24/7/365 days a year," said Hamilton.
"There's not a single day that goes on that our Airmen are not doing it;
there's not a single minute that our Airmen are not on mission doing
what they can to support the objectives of USFK (U.S. Forces Korea) and
7th Air Force here on the peninsula."