by Senior Airman Taylor Curry
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
3/6/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Wolf
Pack Airmen tested their ability to survive and operate for the first
time this year with various simulated wartime operations during
operational readiness exercise Beverly Midnight 15-2 at Kunsan Air Base
March 3 to 6.
This exercise put Airmen to the test by incorporating simulated
protests, building evacuation operations, ground, chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive attacks, unexploded
ordinance detection and self-aid and buddy care techniques into
scenarios throughout the week.
"We put high emphasis on readiness here," said Maj. Julio Rodriguez, 8th
Fighter Wing director of inspections. "We generate this exercise
quarterly to ensure we are trained to upkeep our primary mission, which
is being ready to fight tonight."
During the exercise, the Wolf Pack persevered through 24-hour operations
and demonstrated their ability to perform under the stress of reacting
to wartime actions and other hostile conditions.
"Being at Kunsan is unique, because we don't have to simulate every
detail of our exercises," Rodriguez said. "We have the capabilities to
go the extra mile, so we can provide our Airmen with the best training
The first day of the exercise started out strong, introducing a scenario
involving livid protesters attempting to force their way through the
north entrance to the base. The 8th Security Forces Squadron expertly
performed the appropriate actions for rules of engagement, by keeping
the protesters out and ultimately continuing to defend the base.
Throughout the second and third days, indirect fire attacks were made
and post attack reconnaissance teams went into full effect. North of the
clinic, an unexploded ordnance device was discovered and was called in.
The explosive ordnance disposal team then responded to deter the
"This operation was a remarkable example of how training enhances our
operational capabilities," said Airman 1st Class Taylor Lahteine,
explosive ordnance disposal team member. "Every scene we encounter
provides us with unanticipated challenges, forcing us to adapt and even
further expand our broad knowledge of techniques and procedures. During
this exercise, we quickly assess the area, the item, and we formulate a
plan. Ultimately, we were able to complete our mission of protecting
personnel and property, with each operator on the team making focused
During the exercise, the Wing Inspection Team, made up of subject-matter
experts from the 8th FW and tenant units, inspected and observed the
Airmen participating in BM 15-2.
"As Inspector General, my goal is to be the eyes and ears of the
commander," Rodriguez said. "We have our WIT out there, comprised of
many great senior non-commissioned officers, NCOs and company grade
officers who ensure we are on the right path to being an effective
Rodriguez added that as a base, we want to be 100 percent ready for anything and exercising will get us where we need to be.
"It's great to see the Airmen take pride in what they do, especially
when they are out there crushing it, every step along the way," said