Misawa Airmen prepared to 'fight tonight'

Getting in line

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Lord, 35th Operations Support Squadron commander, relays information during an 18-ship F-16 Fighting Falcons elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. Exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 is an annual wing-wide readiness exercise planned months in advance to test the readiness of the 35th Fighter Wing. The exercise assesses the 35th FW's ability to meet deployment and wartime taskings to better prepare for real-world scenarios throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

F-16 18 ship Elephant Walk

During Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an annual wing-wide readiness exercise planned months in advance, 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons, line the runway during an elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. BS 17-07 is a simulated deployment to test the readiness of the 35th Fighter Wing. The exercise assesses the 35th FW's ability to meet deployment and wartime taskings to better prepare for real-world scenarios throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen removing their mission oriented protective posture gear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 35th Medical Group simulate out-processing Airmen tasked to mock deploy during exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. Medical used this opportunity to ensure all Airmen participating in the pre-deployment function line were current on their vaccinations. This exercise is an annual part of the 35th Fighter Wing’s training program that has been planned for months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen removing their mission oriented protective posture gear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chandler Ferrer, a 35th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, retrieves an M-16 rifle from a storage container during the outprocessing portion of exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. Being issued a weapon was one facet of the personnel deployment function (PDF). The PDF is a multi-functional entity consisting of representatives from different agencies around the base designed to ensure deploying personnel are properly accounted for and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen removing their mission oriented protective posture gear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyerra Tyler-Young, a 35th Force Support Squadron (FSS) personnel journeyman, checks off individuals' names as they respond during the personnel deployment function (PDF) line portion of exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. Members from the 35th Medical Group, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 35th FSS outprocessed Airmen. The PDF streamlined the deployment process for the large group, saving time for the Airmen and for base agencies required to brief deployers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen removing their mission oriented protective posture gear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Schmidt, left, an intelligence analyst with the 14th Fighter Squadron, receives help securing a bulletproof vest from Staff Sgt. Steven Taylor, right, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in Charge of central supply storage, during exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. As a power projection hub during potential contingency operations, Misawa must remain prepared for an influx of personnel, aircraft, supplies, and other warfighting material necessary to rapidly deploy and set up operations at the drop of a hat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen removing their mission oriented protective posture gear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyerra Tyler-Young, a 35th Force Support Squadron (FSS) personnel journeyman, completes roll call for the pre-deployment function line during exercise Beverly Sunrise 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. Members from the 35th Medical Group, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 35th FSS out-processed Airmen. The line streamlined the deployment process for the large group, saving time for the Airmen and for base agencies required to brief deployers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

The start

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 35th Medical Group create a plan for an aeromedical evacuation (AE) during exercise Beverly Sunrise (BS) 17-07 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21, 2017. The AE prepared medical personnel for real-life scenarios including crisis during wartime operations. BS 17-07 tested the capability of 35th MDG Airmen to receive patients in a mass casualty situation and triage, while treating and stabilizing them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an operational readiness exercise validating the state of the 35th Fighter Wing’s ability to “fight tonight,” concluded with the sound of “ENDEX, ENDEX, ENDEX” and Airmen, with sighs of relief, removing their mission oriented protective posture gear here, September 21.

A power projection hub during contingency operations, Misawa must remain prepared for an influx of personnel, aircraft, supplies, and other war fighting material necessary to rapidly deploy and set up operations at the drop of a hat.

“These exercises serve a dual purpose,” said Maj. Dave Madson, 35th Fighter Wing inspector general. “The first is to increase readiness and train Airmen how to operate in a stressful environment that mimics what they would experience in a real conflict. The second is to inform the commander of the Wing's level of preparedness to deploy and execute the mission, and identify deficiencies that need to be corrected before we have to execute in actual combat.”

BS 17-07’s initial phase included all aspects concerning aircraft generation, deployment of personnel and positioning; relying on the expertise of all squadrons at Misawa.

The mock personnel deployment function line streamlined the out-processing for large groups of “deploying” Airmen all while the wing inspection team evaluated Airmen on their personal and operational readiness.

“These exercises highlight that it requires a team effort to win. Every Airmen from every [career field] has to work together; there are no small roles and every mission is connected,” Madson said.

As the week-long exercise progressed into Phase II, Airmen had to defend the installation against mock biological, chemical and conventional threats.

With alarm sirens blaring, Airmen donned their MOPP gear and took cover, preparing themselves for simulated attacks.

As BS 17-07’s final hours drew near, a medical air evacuation marked the exercise’s final display of expertise and professionalism.

“This exercise is important because it tests our capability to be able to receive patients in a mass casualty situation and triage, treat them, and stabilize them,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jenny Powell, the 35th Medical Group Superintendent.

The scenario simulated patients being evacuated out of other locations in theater and air evacuated for further care.

“We are demonstrating our ability to triage and care for patients while we’re dawning protective gear,” said Powell. “It is important for us to show that in a contested environment and elevated MOPP level we can continue to provide exceptional patient care.”

Wing inspection team members assessed Airmen throughout to ensure procedures were executed properly and safely in every component of the wing while addressing any possible setbacks.

“Most Airmen have not deployed in support of major combat operations,” said Madson. “We want to ensure that the first time they do, they have realistic training to fall back on that will help them be combat effective and ready to fight on night one.”

Exercises like BS 17-07 not only ensure mission readiness, but also cement the bonds between the members of Team Misawa.

"If called upon to support any mission within the theater, we must be quick and effective," said Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th FW commander. "I am proud of the wingmanship displayed while excelling through the fast-paced generation, mock deployment and wartime scenarios in this exercise. I am confident our readiness was heightened, but more importantly that the 35th Fighter Wing truly is an unstoppable, cohesive team."