108th Wing goes to Gulfport

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  • By Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez
  • 108th Public Affairs Office
Members from the 108th Wing out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., departed on April 11 to Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss., to participate on an Organization Readiness Exercise there.

Simulating a deployment, more than 400 Airmen in full battle gear boarded KC-130s and KC-135s during the early morning hours after attending several briefings and checks.

While at the training center, Airmen were provided with refresher courses in unexploded ordinance recognition and process, mission oriented protective posture levels, M16 and M4 weapons orientation, and self aid buddy aid.

Thereafter, the wing began the exercise through several war scenarios conducive to the overall mission.

Some of the scenarios presented to the wing were rioting outside the base, UXOs around the perimeters and protests by local nationals.

The purpose of the training was to prepare the entire 108th Wing for the Organization Readiness Inspection scheduled for June 2011.