by By Senior Airman R. Alex Durbin
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
9/1/2015 - JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- U.S.
Service members completed a Phase I Deployment Readiness Exercise at
Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 24-28, 2015.
The exercise, which took place over the course of the week, simulated a
mass deployment of the 633rd Air Base Wing and assessed its ability to
rapidly deploy to an expeditionary environment within 72 hours following
notification to deploy orders.
"This exercise provided an objective look at how the 633rd ABW can
deploy," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Matt Cherry, 633rd ABW Inspector
General Office director of inspections. "It painted a picture of how
well JBLE can rapidly deploy and project Air Power around the world at a
The exercise was part of an initiative directed by 9th Air Force to test
each of its subordinate wings' capability to rapidly deploy to support
combatant commanders and contingency operations across the globe, and
ensure the units' Airmen are ready when called upon.
"The American people rely on us to [deploy] efficiently and in a
cost-effective manner, and to provide combat air power anywhere in the
world within a limited time frame," said Cherry. "This exercise allowed
us to test that ability."
According to Cherry, the exercise mainly focused on evaluating the
command, communication and control procedures within the wing.
"We hope to eliminate redundancies and waste and increase our
efficiency," said Cherry. "This evaluation gave us a view on our
[Command, Control, and Communications] procedures for once it comes time
for JBLE to stand up and move a large number of troops to [a deployed]
area of responsibility."
According to 1st Lt. Michael Ricci, 633rd Logistic Readiness Squadron
alternate installation deployment officer, the exercise provided an
important opportunity for Airmen of all levels to gain experience and
familiarity with the procedures and operations they may one day
"If you're not exercising, you're going to have the 'deer in the
headlights' look when something happens," said Ricci. "Having exercises
[like this] helps make sure our Airmen know what to do and are ready for
when something happens. There are always going to be curveballs, so if
you know what to do when everything goes perfectly, you'll be able to
adapt and overcome those issues when they arise."
While the exercise provided an opportunity for Langley Airmen to
practice mass deployment procedures, the 633rd ABW inspection team
scheduled the exercise to capitalize on an opportunity to pair with a
Fort Eustis mission partner, the Joint Task Force - Civil Support, which
also simultaneously conducted a rapid deployment exercise.
JTF-CS is U.S. Northern Command's standing operational joint task force
headquarters comprised of more than 200 military and civilian personnel
responsible for planning, anticipating and conducting immediate and
decisive chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear consequence
management response operations in support of civil authorities in the
United States and its territories and possessions.
According to Ricci, partnering with JTF-CS gave 633rd ABW Service
members the opportunity to test themselves in a facet not often
evaluated at Langley.
"JTF-CS has unique cargo Langley Airmen usually don't see in the 633rd
Air Base Wing," said Ricci. "One of our missions is to support our
mission partners across JBLE, including JTF-CS. This [exercise] provided
another level to help our Airmen train. This diversity will help our
Airmen deal with real world scenarios they may see in the future."
While working with JTF-CS provided Airmen with diverse hands-on
knowledge, Ricci said the partnership gave them an invaluable
"This exercise gave our Airmen a bigger look [at our mission]. We're not
just Langley or Fort Eustis; we support our mission partners who have
very important missions," he said. "This exercise opened up their eyes
and showed them it's not just the Air Force that has to be ready."