Shaw adapts, overcomes during basing exercise

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing listens to a land mobile radio during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Douglas, 20th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, listens to a land mobile radio during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. The exercise placed Airmen in an environment to conduct simulated deployment operations with other squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Orion Williams, 20th Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, performs self-aid buddy care during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Orion Williams, 20th Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, performs self-aid buddy care during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing worked together to build, protect and conduct operations out of a forward operating base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron mans an entry control point during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Cordera, 20th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, mans an entry control point during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. Throughout the exercise Airmen from various squadrons performed secondary roles such as entry controllers and post attack reconnaissance sweep team members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group perform self-aid buddy care during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group perform self-aid buddy care during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. During the exercise, Airmen performed basic medical care while experiencing various mission oriented protective posture condition changes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing conduct nighttime operations at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing conduct nighttime operations at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. The exercise, known as the Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise, served as a way to develop individual and unit readiness through a series of training and attack scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing use mission oriented protective posture gear during a simulated attack during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing use mission oriented protective posture gear during a simulated attack during a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 6, 2017. Airmen participating in the exercise experienced simulated chemical and biological attacks as well as opposing forces’ assaults from outside the forward operating base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nelson Blackshear, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron administrative journeyman, lies on the ground as his head is bandaged during self-aid buddy care (SABC) training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 5, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nelson Blackshear, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron administrative journeyman, lies on the ground as his head is bandaged during self-aid buddy care (SABC) training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 5, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing and participating in a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise received training on topics including SABC, team movements and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense before the exercise scenarios began. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Taryph Moses, 20th Force Support Squadron food service journeyman, holds a training rifle while participating in a team movement training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 5, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Taryph Moses, 20th Force Support Squadron food service journeyman, holds a training rifle while participating in a team movement training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 5, 2017. Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise participants assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing received training in preparation for the exercise, which tested their ability to establish and defend a base in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brandon Goebel, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander, thanks 20th Fighter Wing (FW) Airmen for their work at the end of the first day of a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brandon Goebel, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander, thanks 20th Fighter Wing (FW) Airmen for their work at the end of the first day of a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017. Approximately 160 20th FW Airmen put their readiness to the test by establishing and defending a mock base, Forward Operating Base Valor, during the four-day exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Margaret Haley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, locks tent frame components together with a pin at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Margaret Haley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, locks tent frame components together with a pin at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing constructed approximately 20 tents for a Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise, the first of its kind at the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing work as a team to lift and piece together a tent frame at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing work as a team to lift and piece together a tent frame at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., Dec. 4, 2017. Tents were constructed as living and working quarters for approximately 160 Airmen participating in a four-day Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participated in an adaptive basing exercise at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, South Carolina, Dec. 4–7.

The exercise, which derived from the directive of Gen. Mike Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, provided an opportunity to increase tactical proficiency, hone the ability to rapidly deploy and employ combat airpower, and develop trust and initiative in and between ACC’s leaders.

During the exercise, known as Poinsett Ready Weasel Adaptive Basing Exercise, Airmen constructed a forward operating base, providing themselves with the resources needed to tackle the challenges of a four-day, 24/7 operational exercise.

At FOB “Valor,” Airmen built facilities to house various units assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Throughout the exercise, Airmen experienced various scenarios under the pressure of a wartime environment within an “Airman-made” installation.

Some challenges Airmen faced included executing their respective duties during continuous mission-oriented protective posture changes, which are pieces of equipment that assist Airmen effected by CBRN threats, and reacting to the chemical and biological attacks by hostile forces outside the FOB.

In order to prepare themselves for any scenario that may arise in a deployed environment, the Airmen used their chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense knowledge and self-aid buddy care skills.

“These scenarios provide our Airmen going downrange with experience and muscle memory to act effectively in a deployed environment,” said Dustin Campbell, 20th Fighter Wing self-assessment program manager. “It gives the (Airmen) the opportunity to see what other units do during a deployment and build their team cohesion.”

Campbell went on to say how unit leadership ensured that all events occurred smoothly and on schedule for maximum effect.

Airmen who participated in the exercise performed their core duties as well as gained insight on the potential conflicts they may face in deployed environments and practiced how to properly react.

“For bioenvironmental situations in a deployed environment, we need to sample nerve agents and chemical agents to assist our wingmen in the installation,” said Airman 1st Class Jackson Gordon, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer apprentice. “We trained alongside other squadrons taking cover and going through the release stages, helping to build our cohesion.”

Going through the training helps increase muscle memory and ensures Airmen can execute the maneuvers needed to react to any attack, said Gordon.

Preparing for the future fight is a role every Air Force installation takes seriously. The exercises help organize, train, equip and maintain ACC’s Airmen for rapid deployment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges ahead.