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Wolf Pack evaluates self for last time before ORI

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  March 27, 2007 -- Amn. Leah Cash, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron, remains vigilant as she keeps a keen eye out for enemy ?coyotes? at her post on top of the wing headquarters building March 27. Coyotes is the term given to mock enemy forces during an exercise here. The Wolf Pack, as the 8th Fighter Wing is known as, participated in a week-long Operational Readiness Exercise in preparation for April?s Operational Readiness Inspection. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell Cannady)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea March 27, 2007 -- Amn. Leah Cash, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron, remains vigilant as she keeps a keen eye out for enemy ?coyotes? at her post on top of the wing headquarters building March 27. Coyotes is the term given to mock enemy forces during an exercise here. The Wolf Pack, as the 8th Fighter Wing is known as, participated in a week-long Operational Readiness Exercise in preparation for April?s Operational Readiness Inspection. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell Cannady)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  March 26, 2007 -- Senior Airman Jason Cook, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons technician, inspects a Guided Bomb Unit-12 on an F-16 March 26. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Barry Loo)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea March 26, 2007 -- Senior Airman Jason Cook, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons technician, inspects a Guided Bomb Unit-12 on an F-16 March 26. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Barry Loo)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  March 26, 2007 -- A simulated patient is rushed for X-rays after being transported to the clinic March 26. The Wolf Pack, as the 8th Fighter Wing is known as, participated in a week-long Operational Readiness Exercise in preparation for April?s Operational Readiness Inspection. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jack Braden)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea March 26, 2007 -- A simulated patient is rushed for X-rays after being transported to the clinic March 26. The Wolf Pack, as the 8th Fighter Wing is known as, participated in a week-long Operational Readiness Exercise in preparation for April?s Operational Readiness Inspection. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jack Braden)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  March 22, 2007 -- Staff Sgt. Toriano Banks attaches a hook for the gas mask cleaning portion of a chemical contamination area March 22. The CCA was built to decontaminate Airmen following contamination from a mock chemical attack. Sgt. Banks is a member of the 8th Comptroller Squadron, the unit responsible for building and manning a CCA day or night. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell Cannady)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea March 22, 2007 -- Staff Sgt. Toriano Banks attaches a hook for the gas mask cleaning portion of a chemical contamination area March 22. The CCA was built to decontaminate Airmen following contamination from a mock chemical attack. Sgt. Banks is a member of the 8th Comptroller Squadron, the unit responsible for building and manning a CCA day or night. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell Cannady)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- As part of the last opportunity to practice its wartime mission prior to April's Operational Readiness Inspection, the Wolf Pack completed its third exercise entitled 'Foal Eagle 07-03' March 22 through 31.
 
  Known as an operational readiness exercise, or ORE, the 8th Fighter Wing, together with its neighbor to the north, the 51st FW at Osan AB, fought side-by-side to practice for the upcoming ORIs both bases face. 

  Currently, both Kunsan and Osan will be inspected April 16 through 20 . 

  "I think we did exactly what we were looking for which was to do a dry run for the ORI. We did very well," Col. Jeff 'Wolf' Lofgren, 8th FW commander said. "We are definitely ready for the ORI ... the wing is at the point of bursting. They want the IG to show up so they can be tested." 

  For those who 'fought' in it, the March exercise was different than many in the past as the generation of aircraft began March 22 with the final task evaluation completed on March 31, totaling seven days. Compared with many typical four to five day exercises, Wolf Pack members, according to wing exercise and evaluation officials, were tested just a little more this time to ensure they've got the skills they need down. 

  In a mass e-mail sent to all Seventh Air Force Airmen by the commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wood, wrote that members should be proud of what they have accomplished.
He later went on to write that exercises serve as a fantastic learning experience and he challenged members to take a careful note of the lessons they had learned and to incorporate those lesson into daily operations. 

  With Foal Eagle past, the wing now looks to April 13: the day the bulk of Pacific Air Force inspectors arrive for the ORI evaluation. That fact in mind, the Wolf said he was confident the wing was ready to show the inspectors what the Wolf Pack is all about. 

  "We know what the mission is here and the key if for each of us is to stay within our own lane, do the basics, know the '101' of our job and do it well," the Col. Lofgren said. "We should all stay focused on that. Don't let the pressures of everything else going on deviate from doing the right thing. Abide by the rules that are out there and that we all understand and it will be awesome." 

  The Wolf Pack has exercised its wartime mission with week-long exercises six times since last summer.