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142nd FW tests combat readiness, rapid mobility

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Buckner, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing's Maintenance Group, Oregon Air National Guard, reviews a packing list during deployment processing for a Combat Readiness Exercise March 7, 2020, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The exercise simulated a mass deployment of approximately 700 members of the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steph Sawyer)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Buckner, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing's Maintenance Group, Oregon Air National Guard, reviews a packing list during deployment processing for a Combat Readiness Exercise March 7, 2020, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The exercise simulated a mass deployment of approximately 700 members of the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steph Sawyer)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Citizen Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing participated in a Combat Readiness Exercise (CRE) from March 2-8 during the month’s drill weekend.

The exercise simulated a mass mobilization of approximately 700 members to a deployed location. With an emphasis on overall readiness, the unit was evaluated on its efficiency in orchestrating such a movement.

Col. Adam Sitler, the 142nd FW commander, weighed in on the importance of the exercise in a pre-CRE briefing.

“Really, what we’re after is to find the key tasks, the areas where we need to improve our processes,” said Sitler. “That way we can ultimately, in a very effective manner, get a lot of people out the door to do a federal mission if we’re called on to do so.”

Exercises like the CRE aim to ensure unit readiness and help pinpoint areas that need improvement. Continuous systematic evaluation of unit processes and procedures enables the 142nd FW to maintain a constant state of readiness.

“We met a massive task head-on, and persevered through many challenges,” said Sitler. “Now the hard work really begins. We must take the feedback from the Combat Readiness Exercise, and improve our plans, training and procedures to improve our wing and increase our mission effectiveness.”

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