News>185th Air Refueling Wing Practices Operational Readiness in Wisconsin
Tech. Sgt. Scott Bohlin of the 185th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces, covers forward troops during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Volk Field, Wiscosin, 11 August, 2010. (US Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Cox)
Staff Sgt. Daven Dekok of the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Security Forces inspects the undercarage of a bus for things out of the ordinary during an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) at Volk Field, Wiscosin, 11 August, 2010. (US Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Cox)
8/15/2010 - VOLK FIELD, Wis. -- Over 500 men and women and four KC-135s from the 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) in Sioux City, Iowa returned Saturday morning from an operational readiness exercise in Volk Field, Wis.
This two-day exercise put Airmen through a variety of war-related scenarios to see how they might deploy quickly, handle real-world conflict, and survive in a chemical combat environment. The exercise included elements of homeland security, chemical weapon response, anti-terrorism, host-nation relations and combat operations.
Col. Edward Sauley, the acting Commander of the deployed unit, said the exercise provided an excellent training opportunity. "We have a lot of new Airmen and some people in new leadership positions, so this gave us an excellent opportunity to see what we need to work on."
Sauley added, "We showed a great attitude during this exercise. We did a lot right, but, like always, there are things we can certainly improve upon."
The 185th ARW will conduct a more comprehensive operational readiness exercise next summer, followed by an operational readiness inspection in the fall. For more information about this event, contact the 185th Public Affairs office at 712-233-0321 or email the Batscan at firstname.lastname@example.org.