Mustangs demonstrate excellence in BM 13-02
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The week-long Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Midnight 13-02 came to a close March 21.
The exercise was designed to test the 51st Fighter Wing's ability to not only receive, bed down and employ follow-on forces, but to defend the base and execute combat sorties in defense of the Republic of Korea. Mustangs were also tested on their ability to survive and operate in a chemically-contaminated environment.
"Over the past week we have risen to the challenges placed before us -- I am extremely proud of Team Osan and all they have accomplished," said Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing commander. "We exercise like we fight and are ready to stand with our allies to defend the Republic of Korea."
Osan is one of the largest forward deployed wings in the Air Force, and for this reason, Mustangs must overcome working in a heightened state of readiness. It is up to exercise planners to ensure that Mustangs are able to go through a large set of possible scenarios that could be encountered in a real-world situation.
"Planning a challenging exercise for the 4,000 professionals within the 51st FW is no easy task," said Capt. Daryl Lacanlale, 51st FW plans and exercises officer in charge. "As exercise evaluation team members, we witness first-hand the hard work and effort everyone puts forth into these exercises."
"Regardless of how rigid the exercise and how often we exercise, the 51 FW has demonstrated its ability to fly, fight and win tonight," he added.
Team Osan is tested during these OREs by facing various mass casualty scenarios, burning facilities, unexploded ordnance, and constant ground attacks -- all scripted by exercise and plans Airmen.