by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
7/21/2015 - CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- Soldiers
of the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, respond
to an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station with Strykers and
Humvees July 15.
Existing support agreements ensure support between 21st Space Wing assets and Fort Carson during
real world situations. The blocking force exercise tested the ability
of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute a joint mission, manage resources,
stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness.
Owned and operated by the 21st SW on Peterson Air Force Base, CMAFS is
designated as the Alternate Command Center, the primary being at North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command also located on Peterson AFB.
"The exercise demonstrates our joint commitment to protect the strategic
missions of national significance in continuous operations at Cheyenne
Mountain Air Force Station," said Col. Gary Cornn, 721st Mission Support
Group and installation commander. "This is an important exercise
showing the capability of Fort Carson's response if there is an
The 4th ID, 1SBCT responded to provide a physical blocking force on key
avenues of approach to CMAFS. In the event of a real world situation,
the vehicles and personnel from Fort Carson would also be used for extra
firepower, medical support, engineering and logistical support.
Strykers are eight-wheeled combat vehicles that are road legal and able
to deploy immediately on and off road. The vehicles are capable of
executing an array of missions and scenarios; more so than any other
vehicle in the Department of Defense, said Maj. Kevin Boyd, 4th ID,
1SBCT public affairs officer. The Strykers give the 4th ID unique
capabilities other Fort Carson units do not have.
"Working together in this joint security exercise was valuable for us as
we worked the 759th Military Police Battalion from Fort Carson to open a
closed gate to facilitate our movement up the mountain, and with the
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station security forces to conduct link-up
and support their security posture," said Boyd. "For our Soldiers it is
important to know our neighbors and how we can conduct mutual aid for
them to understand exactly what is needed and where to respond in a time
of crisis cuts down our response time and enables us to bring the