March 3, 2012 (by A1C Anthony M. Ward) - Members of Team Holloman participated in a Phase One Operational Readiness Exercise, which tested Holloman's ability to prepare and mobilize from peacetime to wartime at a moment's notice, February 27- 29.
USAF F-22A block 30 no. 05-4095 from the 7th FS taxis to the runway during a Phase One ORE on February 29th, 2012. The 49th Wing launched a total of 15 F-22s, setting a record high for generation during an exercise. [USAF photo by SrA. Kasey Close]
culminated in the launching of 15 F-22 Raptors, a record number for Holloman.
"The significance of any Phase One ORE is to ensure the base is going through its practices and procedures to ensure readiness if called upon to rapidly deploy anywhere around the world," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Max Vollkommer, 49th Wing chief of plans and inspections.
During the three-day exercise, Holloman's Airmen participated in various deployment taskings ranging from mobility bag processing to aircraft generation to test the base's real-world deployment readiness. Further testing Airmen, the base's external threat levels varied throughout the ORE, requiring adjustments to the local force protection conditions.
Though the ORE was intended to test the base's deployment readiness, Team Holloman is always prepared to answer the real-world call of duty.
"I think the Airmen are always ready to deploy," said Vollkommer. "It's just important to keep the practices and procedures on the forefront of their minds so that those skills don't atrophy to the point where the deploying Airmen are lost."
ORE evaluators examined command and control operations; deployment processing of personnel and cargo; aircraft generation, deployment and regeneration; information operations and other various areas within force protection.
Upon conclusion, the exercise was successful in proving Holloman's deployment competence.
"I'm really proud of the efforts everyone made in this exercise," said Col. David Krumm, 49th Wing commander. "People were safe, effective, and they got their jobs done. It's humbling to see, as the commander, that these guys know what they're doing, and it's a real joy to be a part of that."