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MacDill Total Force stays ready through operational readiness exercise

A KC-135 Stratotanker sits on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018.

A KC-135 Stratotanker stages on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018. Seven KC-135s and aircrew from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in a three-day operational readiness exercise.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mason Schumm, an aircraft electrical and environmental apprentice assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pre-flight inspection during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mason Schumm, an aircraft electrical and environmental apprentice assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pre-flight inspection during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018. Schumm participated in a three-day ORE at MacDill that tested his team’s proficiency in alert response situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Timothy Matson, left, and Airman 1st Class Randall St. John, right, entry controllers assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, watch over a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Timothy Matson, left, and Airman 1st Class Randall St. John, right, entry controllers assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, watch over a simulated entry control point during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 13, 2018. Entry controllers vetted all personnel, performed perimeter checks and watched for suspicious activity at a simulated alert facility for the ORE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

An Airman assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s petroleum, oil, and lubricants flight fuels a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018.

An Airman assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s petroleum, oil, and lubricants flight fuels a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018. POL Airmen are responsible to safely receive, store, quality check, and issue all fuel and cryogenic products at MacDill AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Putkowski, an aircraft refuel and maintenance apprentice assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pre-flight inspection during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Putkowski, an aircraft refuel and maintenance apprentice assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pre-flight inspection during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018. Putkowski participated in a three-day ORE at MacDill that tested his team’s proficiency in alert response situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

A 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman tows a fuel hose during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018

A 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman tows a fuel hose during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 12, 2018. During the three-day event, the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing practiced their alert response time to maintain readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

The 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s petroleum, oil and lubricants flight prepares to fuel a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018.

An Airman assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s petroleum, oil and lubricants flight prepares to fuel a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 11, 2018. POL Airmen are responsible to safely receive, store, quality check, and issue all fuel and cryogenic products at MacDill AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

The 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Sept. 11-13, 2018.

The 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Sept. 11-13, 2018. Orange warning batons are used by crew chiefs to marshal aircraft safely on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

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While ensuring 33 missions partners and over 40,000 people on MacDill have everything they need to succeed, the 6th Air Mobility Wing must also remain ready to accomplish their  own flying mission.

From Sept. 11 and 13, the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing conducted an operational readiness exercise together to evaluate their individual unit’s wartime preparedness.

“We are involved in an exercise this week to ensure that our installation is prepared to respond to global acts of aggression,” said Col. Christine Berberick, commander of the 6th Medical Group.

During the three-day event, 6th AMW and 927th ARW were evaluated on their alert response time, ability to get air crews ready for flying conditions, in-air refueling capabilities and effectively communicating up the chain-of-command.

“We develop these type of exercises to evaluate mission requirements and ensure that individual unit training programs meet those standards,” said Mr. Jeff Sickler, the director of inspections assigned to the 6th AMW Inspector General. 

This operational readiness exercise is a reminder that there is always a mission at hand – to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyber space. With that, MacDill needs to be ready at any given time to respond.