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Team MacDill executes total force readiness exercise

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian Dufresne, an entry controller assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), provides security for the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. Dufresne secured the flightline’s resources with a team of 6th SFS Airmen during a three-day readiness exercise.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian Dufresne, an entry controller assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), provides security for the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. Dufresne secured the flightline’s resources with a team of 6th SFS Airmen during a three-day readiness exercise, refining their skills during contingency operations. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

A U.S. Air Force 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) Airman secures cargo during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. The 6th LRS worked alongside 927th Air Refueling Wing Airmen during the three-day exercise that staged a cargo deployment function responsible for receiving, checking-in, inspecting, marshaling, load planning, manifesting shipments and supervising cargo loading.

A U.S. Air Force 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) Airman secures cargo during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. The 6th LRS worked alongside 927th Air Refueling Wing Airmen during the three-day exercise that staged a cargo deployment function responsible for receiving, checking-in, inspecting, marshaling, load planning, manifesting shipments and supervising cargo loading, emphasizing the wings' ability to deploy at a moments notice. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

A 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman assists a simulated deployer with their luggage during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 8, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure Airmen are prepared for any potential contingencies.

A 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman assists a simulated deployer with their luggage during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 8, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise, emphasizing their ability to deploy at a moments notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

Simulated deployers begin their processing through a personnel deployment function line during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 8, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure Airmen are prepared for any potential contingencies.

Simulated deployers begin processing through a personnel deployment function line during an operational readiness exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 8, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise focusing on short-notice responses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Kotzur, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) personal property superintendent, moves dunnage under the lifted cargo during an operational readiness exercise Feb. 8, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen from the 6th LRS ensure cargo is packed safely, weighed and logged before deploying the equipment pallets with their respective units, highlighting the units capability to support contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather Fejerang)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Kotzur, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) personal property superintendent, moves dunnage under the lifted cargo during an operational readiness exercise Feb. 8, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen from the 6th LRS ensure cargo is packed safely, weighed and logged before deploying the equipment pallets with their respective units, highlighting the units capability to support contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather Fejerang)

Airman 1st Class Carvon Campbell, a vehicle operator assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness (LRS) Squadron, transports cargo using a forklift to the weighing station during an operational readiness exercise Feb. 8, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen from the 6th LRS ensure cargo is packed safely, weighed and logged before deploying the equipment pallets with their respective units.

Airman 1st Class Carvon Campbell, a vehicle operator assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness (LRS) Squadron, transports cargo using a forklift to the weighing station during an operational readiness exercise Feb. 8, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen from the 6th LRS ensure cargo is packed safely, weighed and logged before deploying the equipment pallets with their respective units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather Fejerang)

Aircrew members assigned to the 91st and 50th Air Refueling Squadrons sprint to their aircraft during an operational readiness exercise alert response at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in a three-day readiness exercise designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure Airmen are prepared for any potential contingencies.

Aircrew members assigned to the 91st and 50th Air Refueling Squadrons sprint to their aircraft during an operational readiness exercise alert response at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 9, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in a three-day readiness exercise emphasizing combat skills training and ensuring Airmen are prepared for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sade Jelani, a 6th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, keeps an eye on the MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. flightline during a readiness exercise Feb. 10, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise, emphasizing the wing's contingency readiness.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sade Jelani, a 6th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, keeps an eye on the MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. flightline during a readiness exercise Feb. 10, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise, emphasizing the wing's contingency readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft takes off from the MacDill Air Base, Fla., runway during a readiness exercise Feb. 10, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise emphasizing the importance of contingency operations training.

A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft takes off from the MacDill Air Base, Fla., runway during a readiness exercise Feb. 10, 2019. Total force Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing participated in the three-day exercise emphasizing readiness for short-notice deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

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Four KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft line up for takeoff during an Operational Readiness Exercise here on Feb. 10, 2019. During the exercise, members of the 6th Air Mobility Wing and the 927th Air Refueling Wing were evaluated on their ability to generate KC-135 Stratotankers in order to provide fuel to various aircrafts during contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Xavier Lockley)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 6th Air Mobility Wing and the 927th Air Refueling Wing conducted a readiness exercise here Feb. 8-10. The total force team was tasked to simulate a short-notice deployment, testing its ability to rapidly deploy cargo and personnel, and expeditiously launch aircraft during a 72-hour training scenario.

“This exercise evaluated the 6th AMW and 927th ARW’s ability to execute our top priority mission – unmatched aerial refueling.” said Joseph Healey, 6th AMW’s installation deployment officer. “We maintain full-spectrum readiness by assessing, monitoring, and evaluating ourselves.”

The 6th Inspector General team evaluates every step of the exercise from a bird’s eye view, identifying where the team could have streamlined efforts.

Participants from various units processed through a personnel deployment function line, headed up by the 6th Force Support Squadron, where they received equipment and guidance from various agencies such as the 6th Comptroller Squadron and legal office.

Meanwhile, at the cargo deployment function, Airmen from the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron palletized and inspected equipment, guaranteeing proper construction and weight for each pallet necessary for the mission.

As the people and equipment were processing, MacDill maintenance Airmen meticulously prepared aircraft for launch, securing the safety of aircrew.

“The mission doesn’t start when the jet takes off,” said Maj. Christopher Watz, 91st Air Refueling Squadron evaluator pilot. “From security forces who protect the base to medical Airmen who clear deployers, our ability to get a jet to the warfighter requires Airmen from every unit.”

All of these functions came together producing a force ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, mobilizing forces around the world.