Osan AB completes Exercise Beverly Midnight

by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- After six days of simulated attacks and complicated scenarios here, the 51st Fighter Wing finished exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01, March 11, 2016.

The event pulled forces from the U.S. Army and the South Korean Military to enhance the joint, combined team’s interoperability during contingency operations.

“There were a lot of great scenarios to truly test the resolve of our Airmen,” said Capt. Nate Babbitt, 51st FW Inspector General plans and exercises. “We learned a lot and the Mustangs performed brilliantly alongside of our Korean and Army partners.”

The scenarios were varied and complex from setting up an entire collective protection system dormitory with cots, to decontaminating a convoy of Army Humvees and Patriot Battery system with the help of the South Korean army and air forces.

One scenario even had a C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, take on simulated small-arms fire from opposing forces upon landing. Emergency responders from the fire department, security forces and the medical group swarmed the scene to provide assistance to the simulated causalities.

“We’ve gained a lot of good information from our partners during this exercise,” said Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st FW commander. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the whole event was put together and how we executed the mission in the face of these complex scenarios.”

Hansen wrote in his March talking points that the end goal of these exercises remains the same, to strengthen an already powerful force (Airmen and assets) that makes our enemies hesitate and rethink taking aggressive action.

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