by Airman 1st Class Collin Schmidt
341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
3/24/2015 - MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Malmstrom
Air Force Base team members took part in the installation's first
Grizzly Rampart training exercise March 16-20. The exercise was
implemented to evaluate the readiness of the 341st Missile Wing and
ensure first-responder Airmen know and follow the standards set in place
for real-world events.
"(Grizzly Rampart) was directed by the 341st Missile Wing commander with
the intent of testing the wing's daily operations, as well as response
to extenuating circumstances to include hostile actions, power outages,
bomb threats, gate runners and individual task testing," said Doug
Shaver, 341st Missile Wing inspector general.
Throughout the five-day event, on any given day, 30-40 inspectors from
the wing inspection team were dispatched to different training scenarios
to evaluate Airmen on their execution of protocols and team
In every scenario, the Airmen being evaluated were required to think on
their feet and execute previously learned training tactics with
precision and swiftness.
"One of the larger (simulations) included a launch facility attack while
simultaneously having to relocate the Wing Command Post, Wing Security
Control, Maintenance Operations Control, Crisis Action Team, Emergency
Operations Center and the security forces armory," said Shaver.
The goal is to "train like we fight," said exercise participants. When
responding to a scenario, the training is carried out as if it were an
According to Shaver, the way in which everyone handled themselves during
these stressful mockups proved that Malmstrom is heading in the right
direction when it comes to execution.
From response times to coordination and problem solving, the "players"
displayed qualities that would greatly help diffuse a situation should
something happen in real life.
"The wing's overall response to the exercise showed once again that
Malmstrom's finest continue to execute the mission in a professional and
prideful manner, on a daily basis," said Shaver. "We will no doubt
continue to shine while taking every opportunity to improve ourselves
even further as we move forward as a wing. Great job Wing One! Keep it