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Spangdahlem wraps up successful two-week readiness exercise

Airmen from the wing headquarters area were evacuated during the simulated fire.

Airmen from the 52nd Medical Group treat patients after an emergency call during a base-wide readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2018. Airmen from the wing headquarters area were evacuated during the simulated fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron takes off during a readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2018. U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only F-16 Block 50 squadron, the Warhawks provide the Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces Europe and USAFE commanders with dedicated suppression of enemy air defense, air interdiction, counter-air, and close air support capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Spangdahlem Air Base participates in readiness exercise

Airmen from the 726th Air Mobility Squadron unload cargo from a C-130 J Super Hercules as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 7, 2018. This aircraft flew in Ramstein Air Base, Germany to support the Theater Security Package mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bennett, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management craftsman, tests the seals on the M45 Land Warrior Chemical Biological Mask during Ability to Survive and Operate training at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2018. With a high level of importance placed on the ability to respond to external threats quickly and effectively, the 52nd CES conducted refresher training for everyone from the most novice Airmen to the most combat-experienced Chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bennett, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management craftsman, tests the seals on the M45 Land Warrior Chemical Biological Mask during Ability to Survive and Operate training at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2018. With a high level of importance placed on the ability to respond to external threats quickly and effectively, the 52nd CES conducted refresher training for everyone from the most novice Airmen to the most combat-experienced Chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon, 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard, takes off during a readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2018. The 112th EFS trained with the 480th Fighter Squadron during the exercise, which tested the base's ability to rapidly generate aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

A post-attack reconnaissance team prepares to test simulated air contaminates after a mock explosion at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. The team completed a PAR sweep of a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear attack area during a base-wide exercise to test combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

A post-attack reconnaissance team prepares to test simulated air contaminates after a mock explosion at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. The team completed a PAR sweep of a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear attack area during a base-wide exercise to test combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Spangdahlem Air Base participates in readiness exercise

Airmen from the 52nd Medical Group participate in an exercise involving treating victims of a simulated chemical attack as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 15, 2018. Victims arrive in an ambulance and go through a decontamination process at a nearby tent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

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F-16 Fighting Falcons, 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, participate in a readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2018. The ability of Airmen to survive and operate in a combat environment and effectively perform wartime missions is getting renewed attention in response to Defense Department and Department of the Air Force priorities calling for more focus on readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

PAR teams complete sweeps after a simulated attack to identify hazards.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin Johnson and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Elerson, 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron mock post attack reconnaissance team members, prepare to do a PAR sweep after an explosion was reported at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. PAR teams complete sweeps after a simulated attack to identify hazards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

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Two F-16 Fighting Falcons, 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, made up of Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing out of the Ohio Air National Guard, participate in a readiness exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2018. The 112th EFS is deployed here to participate in 52nd FW led exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

A PAR team sweep is a recovery measure performed after an attack.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bennett, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron post attack reconnaissance team lead, radios in to the control center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. A PAR team sweep is a recovery measure performed after an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing perform litter carries during Ability to Survive and Operate training at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2018. With a high level of importance placed on the ability to respond to external threats quickly and effectively, the 52nd CES conducted refresher training for everyone from the most novice Airmen to the most combat-experienced Chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)
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Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing perform litter carries during Ability to Survive and Operate training at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2018. With a high level of importance placed on the ability to respond to external threats quickly and effectively, the 52nd CES conducted refresher training for everyone from the most novice Airmen to the most combat-experienced Chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bennett, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron post-attack reconnaissance team lead, radios to the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense control center during PAR sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. CBRN defense protective measures are taken in situations where CBRN warfare hazards may be present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bennett, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron post-attack reconnaissance team lead, radios to the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense control center during PAR sweep at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 15, 2018. CBRN defense protective measures are taken in situations where CBRN warfare hazards may be present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Spangdahlem Air Base participates in readiness exercise
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Airmen from the 52nd Medical Group participate in an exercise treating victims of a simulated chemical attack as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 15, 2018. Victims are decontaminated, then moved to the medical building for more hands-on treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

A U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, lands at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March. 6, 2018. The 112th EFS arrived at Spangdahlem to support a base-wide exercise to increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by any adversary against NATO sovereign territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)
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A U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, lands at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March. 6, 2018. The 112th EFS arrived at Spangdahlem to support a base-wide exercise to increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by any adversary against NATO sovereign territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Spangdahlem Air Base participates in readiness exercise
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Leemon (left), 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Samantha Frejofsky (right), 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distributions operator, review their checklist during a Hot Pit exercise as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 13, 2018. The Airmen saved time by refueling F-16 Fighting Falcons with the pilots still in the cockpit with the engine running during the fueling process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Leemon, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, directs Capt. Tyler Brummer, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, in his F-16 Fighting Falcon out of the refueling area while the previous pilot drives back onto the flight line during a Hot Pit exercise as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 13, 2018. Several aircraft can be refueled and flying again within a short period of time thanks to a quick fueling process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

Spangdahlem Air Base participates in readiness exercise
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Airmen from the 726th Air Mobility Squadron unload cargo from a C-130 J Super Hercules as part of a two-week exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Mar. 7, 2018. This aircraft provided supplies needed to support the Theater Security Package mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

The 52nd Fighter Wing hosted a two-week exercise here March 5-15, testing the base population’s response to a variety of potential scenarios.

The exercise was about readiness, assurance, and deterrence, said Lt. Col. Oliver Lause, 52nd FW Inspector General.

 

“We aggressively got after our Secretary and the Chief's number one priority: readiness,” Lause said.  “(We) assured allies by testing our ability to accept forces with Theater Security Package participation from our total force partners, and deterred potential adversaries through rigorous training to uphold the region's sovereignty and security.”

 

In addition to personnel permanently stationed at Spangdahlem, the exercise included members of the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron participating in a TSP rotation.

 

Throughout the two-week exercise, base personnel faced a high operations tempo, ranging from sortie generation to scenarios testing Self-Aid Buddy Care and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Defense skills, according to Lause. The additional participation of the 112th EFS tested the wing’s ability to host and integrate forces.

 

Lause said the exercise objectives were successfully met, and the participants made tremendous progress in demonstrating the ability to fulfill potential U.S. Air Forces in Europe taskings, improving command and control, and protecting the base population.

 

“This exercise showcased the fantastic capability our total force brings to bear,” he said.

 

Readiness exercises are commonplace at Air Force installations worldwide, and Lause said Spangdahlem will continue to test its populace regularly.

 

“Saber personnel and the local area can expect events like these on a more routine basis,” he said. “Robust training in these exercises is essential to improving readiness and forms the backbone to credible deterrence.”