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Evaluation team chief praises Airmen on exercise

02/10/2207 - ISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN --  Misawa Air Base Firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron don their equipment in preparation to fight a simulated fire during the Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb. 10 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/10/2207 - ISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Misawa Air Base Firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron don their equipment in preparation to fight a simulated fire during the Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb. 10 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/07/2007 - MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN --  Misawa  firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated fire as part of Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb.10 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/07/2007 - MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Misawa firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated fire as part of Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb.10 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/10/2007- MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Second Lieutenant Joni Aevermann, 35th Mission Support Squadron, processes Senior Airman Johnathan Schlieter, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, through the transition area during Misawa's Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb. 10. TAs are used to track active participants in the ORE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/10/2007- MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Second Lt. Joni Aevermann, 35th Mission Support Squadron, processes Senior Airman Johnathan Schlieter, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, through the transition area during Misawa's Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Sunrise 07-05 Feb. 10. TAs are used to track active participants in the ORE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/09/2007-MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN --  Private First Class David Crandall, 403rd Military Intelligence Detachment, is carried on a stretcher during Operational Readiness Exercise 07-05 Feb. 9 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/09/2007-MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Private First Class David Crandall, 403rd Military Intelligence Detachment, is carried on a stretcher during Operational Readiness Exercise 07-05 Feb. 9 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

070209-F-5751H-012 MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN --  Airman First Class Noah Kelley, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is prepared for transport by fellow airmen after a simulated accident where he crashed into a fuel stand and fractured his arm here during Operational Readiness Exercise Feb. 9. Airman Kelley's injury is simulated to test the readiness of the personnel on Misawa during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/09/2007-- MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Airman First Class Noah Kelley, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is prepared for transport by fellow airmen after a simulated accident where he crashed into a fuel stand and fractured his arm here during Operational Readiness Exercise Feb. 9. Airman Kelley's injury is simulated to test the readiness of the personnel on Misawa during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

070209-F-5751H-007 MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN --  Staff Sgt. Isaac Robinson splints Airman First Class Noah Kelley's arm after a simulated accident where he crashed into a fuel stand during an Operational Readiness Exercise at here Feb. 9. Airman Kelley's injury is simulated to test the readiness of the Misawa Airmen during the exercise. Both Airmen are assigned to the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

02/09/2007- - MISAWA AIR BASE JAPAN -- Staff Sgt. Isaac Robinson splints Airman First Class Noah Kelley's arm after a simulated accident where he crashed into a fuel stand during an Operational Readiness Exercise at here Feb. 9. Airman Kelley's injury is simulated to test the readiness of the Misawa Airmen during the exercise. Both Airmen are assigned to the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Harris)

070210 -- MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airman 1st Class David Freel, 35th Fighter Wing information manager, and Airman 1st Class Gweneth Beard, 35th Fighter Wing command post, perform a sweep of the exterior of the command post after a simulated attack during the Operational Readiness Exercise here Feb. 10. The Airmen use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at a possible simulated nerve liquid droplet on a vehicle, which can be  as small as 200-250 microns in size. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. A.C. Eggman)

02/10/2007 -- MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airman 1st Class David Freel, 35th Fighter Wing information manager, and Airman 1st Class Gweneth Beard, 35th Fighter Wing command post, perform a sweep of the exterior of the command post after a simulated attack during the Operational Readiness Exercise here Feb. 10. The Airmen use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at a possible simulated nerve liquid droplet on a vehicle, which can be as small as 200-250 microns in size. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. A.C. Eggman)

070209 - MISAWA AB, JAPAN -- Airman Basic John Tinney 35th Maintenance Squadron, simulates decontaminating Tech. Sgt. Rex Hinkamper, 35th Communications Squadron during an Operational Readiness Exercise Feb. 9 here.  This exercise is designed to demonstrate that troops are fully ready and capable to respond in wartime situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Laura McFarlane)

070209 - MISAWA AB, JAPAN -- Airman Basic John Tinney 35th Maintenance Squadron, simulates decontaminating Tech. Sgt. Rex Hinkamper, 35th Communications Squadron during an Operational Readiness Exercise Feb. 9 here. This exercise is designed to demonstrate that troops are fully ready and capable to respond in wartime situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Laura McFarlane)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The recently completed wing-wide operational readiness exercise (ORE) drew positive praise from the exercise evaluation team chief.

"It went very well," said Lt. Col. Andrew Dembosky, chief of 35th Fighter Wing plans, programs and inspections office. "People showed a lot of hard work and some improvement. It was evident across the wing that people were making an effort to get smarter, show a sense of realism and urgency."

More than 500 Airmen were challenged to prepare for deployment, process and palletize cargo equipment and personnel at Misawa during the first part of the exercise. Following an eleven-hour pause, the Airmen proved they could deploy downrange, set up Base X and employ air power in a combat environment during the second portion.

The pause allows Airmen to mentally shift from deploying to employing and operating in a wartime environment, said the colonel.

According to Colonel Dembosky, the combat employment readiness exercise (CERE) portion was a day shorter than normal because of the extra day off the wing received, but that was built into the plan.

While the wing demonstrated it could generate combat sorties and employ air power in combat and challenging environment, Airmen should remain vigilant and focused on learning as much as possible not just for the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection, but so they can be prepared to do their job when they do deploy.

"People should take advantage of all training opportunities, make sure their chemical gear is properly marked, be fully knowledgeable on procedures, the Airman's Manual and what they are suppose to do in a combat environment," he said. "If they focus on their job and doing it well, then we will do well on the ORI."

The wing showed improvement in the areas of cargo, personnel processing, timeliness, the ability to survive and operate knowledge and self-aid and buddy care, said the colonel.

"What we need as a wing for ORI success is a sense of urgency and realism and be fully focused from the moment it starts," said Colonel Dembosky. "The wing's ORI in March will be our only chance to demonstrate to the Pacific Air Forces Inspector General we are fully competent to perform our wartime capability."