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Ready to roll: MacDill Airmen thrive during readiness assessment

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Rodriguez, an investigator assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, provides cover at a simulated forward operating position during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Rodriguez, an investigator assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, provides cover at a simulated forward operating position during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. ORAs challenge participants with simulated scenarios to improve operational agility and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

A patient is slid through a simulated decontamination tent during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA) Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

A patient is slid through a simulated decontamination tent during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA) Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. ORAs challenge participants with simulated scenarios to improve operational agility and readiness.

A 6th Medical Group personnel team member simulates decontaminating a mock patient during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA) Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

A 6th Medical Group personnel team member simulates decontaminating a mock patient during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA) Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. ORAs challenge participants with simulated scenarios to improve operational agility and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Madison Day, right/left, a crew chief assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Master Sgt. Albert Evanov, right/left, a production superintendent assigned to the 6th AMXS, perform a pre-flight inspection on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 4, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Madison Day, right/left, a crew chief assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Master Sgt. Albert Evanov, right/left, a production superintendent assigned to the 6th AMXS, perform a pre-flight inspection on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 4, 2018. Both Airmen wore mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear during an operational readiness assessment which evaluated the 6th Air Mobility Wing’s readiness in a toxic environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Sanaxay, a vehicle operator assigned to the 927th Logistic Readiness Squadron, wears a mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gas mask and helmet after a MOPP gear fitting at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 2, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Sanaxay, a vehicle operator assigned to the 927th Logistic Readiness Squadron, wears a mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gas mask and helmet after a MOPP gear fitting at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 2, 2018. Sanaxay participated in an operational readiness assessment, which evaluated the 927th Aircraft Refueling Wing’s mission readiness in a toxic environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

6th Security Forces Squadron defenders detain an mock intruder at a simulated forward operating position during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

6th Security Forces Squadron defenders detain a mock intruder during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 4, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. ORAs challenge participants with simulated scenarios to improve operational agility and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) members work in a simulated personnel deployment function line during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 2, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) members work in a simulated personnel deployment function line during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 2, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. LRS rehearsed processes required to issue personnel deployment gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Larsen)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Albert Evanov, a production superintendent assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a buddy check during an operational readiness assessment at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 4, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Albert Evanov, a production superintendent assigned to the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a buddy check during an operational readiness assessment at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 4, 2018. During the ORA, Airmen wore mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear and were evaluated on the ability to perform their job in a simulated toxic environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Sean Davis hands equipment to a participating Airman in a simulated personnel deployment function line during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 2, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Sean Davis hands equipment to a participating Airman in a simulated personnel deployment function line during a 6th Air Mobility Wing operational readiness assessment (ORA), Oct. 2, 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. LRS perfected the procedures required to issue gear to deploying Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

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At a moment’s notice any military unit may be called upon and must be ready to perform its warfighter mission. Remaining prepared to answer that call, the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, conducted a routine operational readiness assessment Oct. 2 through 5.

During the drill, teams faced different scenarios, improving their abilities to support wartime efforts.

“To ensure we can deliver what the National Defense Strategy demands of us, our readiness across the entire spectrum is vital,” said Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th AMW Commander. “Our readiness assessments are designed to challenge us in dynamic ways so every single Airman is prepared to fight tonight.”

During the ORA, the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron processed cargo and personnel deployment functions, the 6th Security Forces Squadron monitored entry control points and defended fighting positions, and the 6th Medical Group staged a medical decontamination zone. All the while, the 6th Maintenance Group and 6th Operations Group continued launching aircraft, a feat made possible through teamwork.

“These exercises can make us more agile by ensuring everyone involved has their processes down pat,” said Airman Shayla Cox, a 6th LRS Deployment Control Center logistics planner. “Every event is in direct support of the warfighting mission using exact processes that also are reflective of everyday functions.”

Coordination amongst all participating units was essential to smooth operations.

"Readiness cannot be defined by an aircraft; every Airman is critical for our wing to sustain full spectrum readiness,” said Snelson. “ORAs display this very clearly when you take a look at all of the actions needed to achieve mission success.”