Mustangs surpass challenges in BM 13-03
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea-- -- The week-long Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Midnight 13-03 came to a close Aug. 9.
Exercises like BM 13-03 tests Osan Airmen's abilities to accomplish the mission during a heightened state of readiness while providing combat ready forces for close air support, air strike control, counter air, interdiction, theater airlift, and communications in the defense of the Republic of Korea.
"This week was challenging, but on Team Osan we love challenges and have learned a lot about ourselves and how to fight better," said Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander. "Striving for real readiness is important in ensuring that we are able to stand with our allies and defend the Republic of Korea."
"Our team showed amazing resiliency, and demonstrated their ability to defend, employ, receive and sustain forces," Leonard added. "I am extremely proud of our team and look forward to including more Osan units in future combined and joint exercises."
Team Osan is tested during OREs by facing various mass casualty scenarios, burning facilities, unexploded ordnance, and constant ground attacks. All scenarios are scripted and evaluated by plans and exercise Airmen.
"What we've seen that was best handled this ORE would be the mass casualty exercises," said Capt. Eric Nelson, 51st Fighter Wing deputy chief of wing exercises. "All the Airmen involved have shown a great sense of urgency and ability to respond to save lives in these types of events."
It has been five months since the 51st FW went through its last ORE. With the high rate of personnel turnover during the summer months, BM 13-03 was the first exercise for many Airmen at Osan Air Base.
"It has been a while since the last exercise so we are definitely working out some of the kinks," Nelson said. "However, it's encouraging because we are seeing a great sense of urgency from all personnel."