by By Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/26/2014 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The
Wolf Pack conducted quarterly effectiveness Exercise Beverly Midnight
15-1 here to demonstrate mission capabilities and ensure Airmen are
ready to defend the base at a moment's notice Oct. 20 through 23.
Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing had the opportunity to experience
realistic scenarios as they operated in a chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment, all while
responding to ground attacks and theater ballistic missile threats.
"This exercise is unique compared to ones Kunsan [Air Base] has done in
the past," said Col. Dennis Curran, 8th Mission Support Group commander.
"Because flying missions are not the focus this time, we're really
trying to challenge the MSG in this exercise. We own a lot of the
support functions that ensure the base runs smoothly on a day-to-day
basis, so this is our opportunity to evaluate how well we would
transition to defending the base during contingency operations."
Without F-16 Fighting Falcons soaring through the skies to conduct
combat sorties, Airmen's ability to survive and operate in defensive
mode on the ground was put to the test.
"Since we don't have flying operations right now, we have a chance to
focus hard on the supporting agencies across the base," said Maj. Julio
Rodriguez, 8th Fighter Wing inspector general. "The scenario we
developed has us still in armistice agreements -- we're not going to go
to war; we're not going to take hardware north. We're really in a
defensive crouching position."
According to Master Sgt. Justin Carlton, 8th FW inspection manager, this
exercise was different than what many experienced in the past. Whereas
most exercises at Kunsan have a "hot start," this exercise began with a
"This exercise started very slow," Carlton said. "We didn't have massive
attacks at the start of the exercise. Instead, there were small
incidents such as suspicious package deliveries. There were attacks, but
they weren't the traditional attacks Kunsan is used to getting during
Many of the incidents that took place during the exercise forced
bystanders who were not necessarily part of a scenario to become
responders. In one instance, a simulated improvised explosive device
exploded at the base food court.
"The purpose [of the food court incident] was to have a joint medical
mass-casualty exercise between Republic of Korea air force and U.S.
Forces," Carlton said. "At any time, we could have a medical emergency
at this base that would require combined forces from ROKAF and the U.S.
to respond together."
To exercise this joint response, ROK forces also collaborated with Wolf Pack defenders to protect the base.
"This is the first exercise at Kunsan where ROK special forces, ROK Army
and ROKAF defended the base with us," said Lt. Col. Ian Dinesen, 8th
Security Forces Squadron commander. "Exercising together with three
different ROK components is significant, because it gave us a chance to
fight through language barriers and discover new ways to integrate our
Through the long hours, Wolf Pack Airmen proved once again their ability
to defend the base and accept follow-on forces as they acted in
"I'm really proud of what everyone has done," Falcon said. "I know
people worked long hours. I know it's been raining, so it hasn't been
the best environment. But, the fact is that real-world situations have
unpredictable elements. That's why it's great to have the opportunity to
test our support capabilities and really make sure each Wolf Pack
Airman is on top of their game."