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Air Commandos hone skills during readiness exercise
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Capt. Jason Gossett (back) and Airman 1st Class David Rodriguez (right) assist Staff Sgt. Orlando Lopez with donning his Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection System, or AERPS, during a local operational readiness exercise here Oct 26. The AERPS is an aircraft-integrated, self-contained oxygen and filtration system with aircraft-integrated electronics, communications and oxygen capabilities which allows the crews to continue their mission in a chemical warfare environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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Air Commandos hone skills during readiness exercise

Posted 11/4/2011   Updated 11/4/2011 Email story   Print story


11/4/2011 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- More than 300 members and several aircraft assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group spent nearly a week here testing and assessing their wartime readiness. In conjunction with the 18th Wings local operational readiness exercise Beverly High 12-1, the Air Commandos simulated a deployment to hone their skills Oct. 24-28.To maximize the training opportunity, SOG Airmen worked around-the-clock for nearly a month testing and evaluating the full spectrum of tasks the members of the group can be tapped to perform. The group's exercise simulated ground and air attacks, casualty events, operating in a chemical warfare environment, generating and maintaining aircraft, flying various special operations missions, and career-specific tasks that tested almost every combat support specialty within the unit.

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