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Wolf Pack tackles July heat during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4

A U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis on the Kunsan Air Base runway as an 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. The five-day quarterly operational readiness exercise enhanced strategic capabilities at Kunsan by generating combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

A U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis on the Kunsan Air Base runway as an 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. The five-day quarterly operational readiness exercise enhanced strategic capabilities at Kunsan by generating combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jay Fulinara, 8th Security Forces Squadron bravo flight chief, discusses preliminary security for the perimeter of a building following a simulated improvised explosive device emergency during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 15, 2015. During the five-day operational readiness exercise, Wolf Pack Airmen donned mission oriented protective posture gear as they reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jay Fulinara, 8th Security Forces Squadron bravo flight chief, discusses preliminary security for the perimeter of a building following a simulated improvised explosive device emergency during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 15, 2015. During the five-day operational readiness exercise, Wolf Pack Airmen donned mission oriented protective posture gear as they reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron conduct perimeter security following a simulated ground attack during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. Combat Airmen reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone to validate and enhance Kunsan’s mission to defend the base and take the fight north during the five-day operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron conduct perimeter security following a simulated ground attack during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. Combat Airmen reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone to validate and enhance Kunsan’s mission to defend the base and take the fight north during the five-day operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron discuss procedures before engaging hostile forces in response to an exercise ground attack on an 8th Communications Squadron compound during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 15, 2015. BM 15-4 tested Airmen on their ability to survive and operate while under the stress of simulated wartime activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron discuss procedures before engaging hostile forces in response to an exercise ground attack on an 8th Communications Squadron compound during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 15, 2015. BM 15-4 tested Airmen on their ability to survive and operate while under the stress of simulated wartime activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department extinguish a simulated aircraft fire during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4, July 14, 2015, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The simulated aircraft crash provided additional training for the fire fighters and tested emergency responder’s ability to respond to wartime scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Divine Cox/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department extinguish a simulated aircraft fire during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4, July 14, 2015, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The simulated aircraft crash provided additional training for the fire fighters and tested emergency responder’s ability to respond to wartime scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Divine Cox/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lloyd Morris, 8th Comptroller Squadron financial services supervisor, bandages the head of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kendall Grant, 8th CPTS, for a Self-Aid Buddy Care scenario during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 17, 2015. During the five-day exercise, Airmen were tested on their ability to survive and operate while under the stress of simulated wartime activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Divine Cox/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lloyd Morris, 8th Comptroller Squadron financial services supervisor, bandages the head of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kendall Grant, 8th CPTS, for a Self-Aid Buddy Care scenario during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 17, 2015. During the five-day exercise, Airmen were tested on their ability to survive and operate while under the stress of simulated wartime activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Divine Cox/Released)

A U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares to taxi as U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeff Bryant, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, conducts a pre-flight inspection during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. During the five-day operational readiness exercise, the Wolf Pack responded to counterattack tactics, simulated enemy attacks and generated combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

A U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares to taxi as U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeff Bryant, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, conducts a pre-flight inspection during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. During the five-day operational readiness exercise, the Wolf Pack responded to counterattack tactics, simulated enemy attacks and generated combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The sound of bugle calls echoed throughout the Wolf Pack as combat Airmen reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone to validate and enhance Kunsan's mission to defend the base and take the fight north during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 July 13 through 17 here.

 

Quarterly operational readiness exercises enhance strategic capabilities of the Air Force by evaluating and practicing counterattack tactics, enemy attacks and combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment.

 

"The purpose of OREs is to make sure we are ready to take the fight north if we are ever required to do so," said Maj. Roberto Flammia, 8th Fighter Wing inspector general. "Although Kunsan is a small base of 2,700 people, the Wolf Pack has the representation of every single career field that requires everyone to exercise simultaneously. Kunsan must set the standard for exercises across the Air Force because realism is very high due to the proximity to the threat."

 

Quarterly exercises at the Wolf Pack charge Airmen with adapting to not only constant personnel rotations, but austere environmental changes throughout the year.

 

"Exercising in July is unique given the extreme temperatures and the impact it has on the members' readiness," said Capt. Jena Campbell, 8th Medical Support Squadron family health clinic flight commander. "We have a lot of Airmen across the base [who] work outside in any given capacity, especially during exercises, including post attack reconnaissance teams, bioenvironmental, security forces, fire department and maintenance."

 

Whether Wolf Pack Airmen operate indoors or out, none were immune to additional stressors, including extreme temperatures, 24-hour operations, fatigue and wearing mission oriented protective posture gear during the majority of the five-day exercise.

 

"With MOPP gear on, Airmen are faced with wearing 20 pounds of equipment and more," Campbell said. "The body becomes more physically stressed from being in the heat and from having the equipment on for 12 hours at a time and more. It is imperative Airmen take care of their body during exercises by hydrating properly, getting enough rest and eating nutritiously, so that they can make it through this exercise without decreasing the manpower and ultimately staying in the fight."

 

Executing the mission at Kunsan during quarterly exercises increases the combat capability of the Wolf Pack and improves tactical skills with every exercise.

 

"Kunsan exercises like nobody else exercises," said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, 8th FW command chief. "We perform more realistically than any other installation in the Air Force. By validating our mission sets and figuring out how well we can do them, we find ways to do them even better. Over the years, I've seen the base change significantly -- both in the infrastructure and the personnel -- but one thing that never changes is the attitude of the Wolf Pack when it comes to exercises: they always give 110 percent."