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Liberty Wing completes ‘FURIOUS 48’ readiness exercise

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen conduct post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise training emphasized a broad spectrum of elements from pre-attack preparedness, command and control, and protection of assets and personnel, to self-aid buddy care for wounded wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen conduct post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise training emphasized a broad spectrum of elements from pre-attack preparedness, command and control, and protection of assets and personnel, to self-aid buddy care for wounded wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen don mission-oriented protective posture gear during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise scenarios were designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure wing Airmen are fully prepared for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen don mission-oriented protective posture gear during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise scenarios were designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure wing Airmen are fully prepared for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

A 48th Fighter Wing Airman conducts post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Conducting 24-hour operations during the two-day exercise, 48th Fighter Wing Airmen tested their Ability to Survive and Operate during wartime conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

A 48th Fighter Wing Airman conducts post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Conducting 24-hour operations during the two-day exercise, 48th Fighter Wing Airmen tested their Ability to Survive and Operate during wartime conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

48th Medical Group Airmen transport a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise, Liberty Wing Airmen were tested on a wide range of scenarios which focused on preparedness, self-aid buddy care and paid contingency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

48th Medical Group Airmen transport a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise, Liberty Wing Airmen were tested on a wide range of scenarios which focused on preparedness, self-aid buddy care and paid contingency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

48th Medical Group Airmen decontaminate a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise the 48th MDG Airmen were tasked with responding and treating more than 25 patients with simulated injuries with a wide variety of injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

48th Medical Group Airmen decontaminate a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise the 48th MDG Airmen were tasked with responding and treating more than 25 patients with simulated injuries with a wide variety of injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An Airman assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron communicates with pilots before departure during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An Airman assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron communicates with pilots before departure during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

 

The 48th Fighter Wing completed a 48-hour readiness exercise Oct. 3.

 

Mission Assurance Exercise 19-01, designated “FURIOUS 48,” was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions, as well as showcasing their ability to generate combat airpower in a wide range of environments and scenarios.

 

“The readiness exercise we executed here at RAF Lakenheath this week lived up to its name of FURIOUS 48,” said Col. William Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander. “A lot of great training was accomplished in just two days.”

 

The training focused on pre-attack preparedness, self-aid buddy care, post-attack reconnaissance and rapid contingency response. The wing generated 79 sorties and completed 166 flying hours.

 

“I’m proud of the work that was done by the Liberty Wing, with our Airmen laser-focused on getting the mission done despite the great many challenges that were built into the training scenarios,” Marshall continued.  

 

Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath needed experience, but the impact reached beyond the base’s gates.

 

“We thank our local communities for their support and understanding, as this included flying operations through the night and other disturbances,” Marshall said.

 

With exercises like this, the 48th Fighter Wing ensures its priority remains maintaining a ready force capable of defending the NATO alliance, deterring malign actors and defeating any adversary.