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153rd Airlift Wing exercises deployment readiness

Airmen process through a personnel deployment function line.

Airmen with the 153rd Airlift Wing process through a personnel deployment function line, Aug. 8, 2017 at the Air National Guard base in Cheyenne Wyoming. During the exercise, members were tasked to process through a PDF line, which inspects all of their deployment documents. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Galvin)

Increment monitors fix deficiencies with their cargo pallet.

Increment monitors with the 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron fix deficiencies with their cargo pallet during the 153rd Airlift Wing’s cargo deployment function exercise Aug. 8, 2017, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The purpose of this exercise is to test the wing’s ability to prepare equipment each unit would need while setting up in a deployed location. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Autumn Velez)

An inspector with the wing inspector general office, inspects a pallet.

Maj. James Peterson, inspector with the wing inspector general office, inspects a pallet during the 153rd Airlift Wing’s cargo deployment exercise Aug. 8, 2017, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The wing IG office is responsible for independently inspecting the readiness, discipline, and efficiency of the units within the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Autumn Velez)

An air transportation supervisor checks an increment monitor into the drop-off area for the deployment exercise.

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Kidder, air transportation supervisor, left, checks Capt. Charles Harms, 153rd Operations Support Squadron increment monitor, into the drop-off area for the 153rd Airlift Wing’s cargo deployment function exercise Aug. 8, 2017, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During this portion of the check in, Kidder was responsible for ensuring proper documentation was with each increment that was dropped off. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Autumn Velez)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The 153rd Airlift Wing tested their ability here, Aug. 7-8, with a phase one exercises including pre-deployment and a cargo deployment function line.
  

 The purpose of these exercises was to test the wing’s mobility readiness and to identify areas that hinder the wing’s ability to perform its mission.

  This was evaluated by the wing inspector general who is responsible for independently assessing the readiness, discipline and efficiency of the wing. During the Personal Deployment Function or PDF exercise, members from the wing were taken through a multi-functional line with representatives from various agencies. These agencies ranged from medical and personnel to Airman and Family Readiness and legal.

  This specific line is responsible for ensuring unit personnel tasked to deploy are able to meet mission readiness requirements prior to deployment. In total, 34 airmen were tasked to process through the PDF-line, with only 72 hours’ notice to prepare.

  “The exercise of the PDF line with our given scenario provided us a tremendous opportunity to further refine our processes, identify areas of improvement, and provide personnel a unique training opportunity,” said Capt. Sheila Sells, 153rd Force Support Squadron self-assessment program manager. “The things we learned from the exercise will help us be better prepared for our future real-world deployments.”

  For the CDF exercise, increment monitors from different squadrons prepared their career-field specific gear to be shipped as if they deployed.

  While this portion of the exercise relied on participation from the 153rd, it primarily tested the aerial port flight’s ability to process increments, pallets and even a vehicle. The ultimate goal was to ensure the cargo was airworthy before being deployed.

  “Often times, we don’t get to do hands-on training,” said Master Sgt. Micah Lile, supervisor of aircraft services and noncommissioned officer in charge of the CDF. “While classroom and computer based training are equally as important, this CDF exercise gives us the hands on experience we need to be able to do our actual job.”

  Collectively, the PDF and CDF exercises served as opportunities to evaluate the wing and its ability to deploy personnel and cargo that is necessary to perform its mission in a deployed location.

   As members of the Air National Guard, answering the nation’s and state’s calls in a moment’s notice is of utmost importance.