192nd and 1st Fighter Wings participate in exercise

A 192nd Fighter Wing crew chief coordinates with a specialist assigned to the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator on refueling an F-22 Raptor during a major exercise Oct.18, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va.,  The 192nd and 1st Fighter Wings total force team executed a rated employment exercise, launching and retrieving aircraft during several days of operating in a 24-hour environment. (Photo by Master Sgt. C. Claudio, 192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

A 192nd Fighter Wing crew chief coordinates with a specialist assigned to the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator on refueling an F-22 Raptor during a major exercise Oct.18, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The 192nd and 1st Fighter Wings total force team executed a rated employment exercise, launching and retrieving aircraft during several days of operating in a 24-hour environment. (Photo by Master Sgt. C. Claudio, 192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The 192nd Fighter Wing’s and 1st Fighter Wing’s Maintenance and Operations Group total force team simultaneously executed the first commander’s inspection program employment exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis along with a complex Razor Talon large force, off-station exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 16-18, 2014.

“We conducted this exercise with our partners in the 1st Fighter Wing under the new Air Force inspection system,” said Col. Robert J. Grey, 192nd Fighter Wing commander. “This inspection program finally gives commanders the ability to evaluate what we really think is critical for our combat capability rather than battling some of the artificial constructs of legacy inspection programs. We learned a tremendous amount from this exercise that will help us be more effective in our mission.”

During the 48-hour exercise, Airmen generated and employed realistic scenarios, debriefed, supported, fixed, reloaded and turned F-22 combat airpower in a very demanding 24-hour operation. The team exercised enhanced global strike capabilities and integrated with many other assets in the 9th Air Force.

According to several Airmen, the exercise was a “good test of our expectations, how to keep your cool to get the job done and stay focused.”

When they’re on the flight line, Airmen said there is no Air Guard or active duty, just one team trying to achieve the same goal. As a result, the exercise was a total force integration achievement, Airmen agreed. They also said there a great sense of camaraderie amongst Airmen during stressful situations.

“The exercise was an outstanding step forward in linking our training and inspection programs. The result will be increased combat effectiveness,” said Col. Stephen Bunting, 192nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group commander.

“We will undoubtedly have many lessons learned, areas to improve on and processes to tighten … [but] we will be stronger as a team and even better prepared for real-world taskings,” said Col. Grey and 1st Fighter Wing commander Col. Kevin A. Huyck in a message to all 192nd and 1st Fighter Wing personnel.

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