148th Fighter Wing Conducts Realistic Training

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jessica Loukinen (center), 148th Medical Group, processes through a decontamination station following simulated warfare in a chemical environment in Duluth, Minn., May 14, 2009.  The 148th Fighter Wing is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE)  in preparation for an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in August 2009.  (U.S. Air Force photograph by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jessica Loukinen (center), 148th Medical Group, processes through a decontamination station following simulated warfare in a chemical environment in Duluth, Minn., May 14, 2009. The 148th Fighter Wing is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in preparation for an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in August 2009. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jed Frederick (right), 148th Fighter Wing Medical Group, demonstrates the use of a training Atropine injector to Airman 1st Class Joshua Sanchez-Eno during an Operational Readiness Exercise in Duluth, Minn., May 15, 2009. The wing is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection by simulating a deployed chemical wartime environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jed Frederick (right), 148th Fighter Wing Medical Group, demonstrates the use of a training Atropine injector to Airman 1st Class Joshua Sanchez-Eno during an Operational Readiness Exercise in Duluth, Minn., May 15, 2009. The wing is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection by simulating a deployed chemical wartime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

Senior Airman Kenneth Gese from the 148th Fighter Wing Communications Squadron provides Post Attack Reconnaissance after a simulated missile attack.  The attack was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE).  The 148th Fighter Wing, out of Duluth, Minn., is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in August 2009.  (U.S. Air Force photograph by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)

Senior Airman Kenneth Gese from the 148th Fighter Wing Communications Squadron provides Post Attack Reconnaissance after a simulated missile attack. The attack was part of an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE). The 148th Fighter Wing, out of Duluth, Minn., is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in August 2009. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Casey Erickson, 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces, takes a defensive position while on patrol during the wing's Operational Readiness Exercise in Duluth, Minn., May 16, 2009.  The wing is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection by simulating a deployed wartime environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Casey Erickson, 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces, takes a defensive position while on patrol during the wing's Operational Readiness Exercise in Duluth, Minn., May 16, 2009. The wing is preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection by simulating a deployed wartime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

DULUTH, Minn. -- Members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, are participating in an around the clock Operational Readiness Exercise May 14-17, 2009 to gear up for an important Air Combat Command/Inspector General Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in August.

The operational readiness exercises represent real-world deployments to combat zones. The Fighter Wing completed its Operational Readiness Inspection Phase I, with an excellent rating and are now preparing for Phase II.

Members test their operational and survival skills during the exercise by simulating missile attacks, random terrorist threats, civil unrest and situations that a deployed fighter wing could encounter in a war zone. Guardsmen wore protective over-garments and equipment during simulated attacks and continued completing their missions, such as maintaining force at a deployed location while launching and recovering jets. Practically all elements of the wing were represented to include communications, personnel, logistics, medical, services and aircraft maintenance.

Guard members from other states volunteered to participate in the exercise as evaluators and instructors. As experts in their field, they are able to share their knowledge with the fighter wing to better prepare for the Inspection.