Airmen practice ATSO during AG 18-1

Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing had the opportunity during Arctic Gold 18-1 to do things they normally only get to read about. The Ability to Survive and Operate or ATSO training allowed airmen to get hands on experience with things such as Post Attack Reconnaissance or PAR, driving in MOPP 4 and decontamination of assets.

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, report a mock unexploded ordnance during Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During ATSO training Airmen learned and practiced steps they would go through after ground or air attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Cochran, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron electrician and a member of the Damage Assessment Response Team (DART) for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1, measures a window Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The DART assessed damage done to installation facilities and equipment after a mock ground attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, cover a vehicle during Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. ATSO training tested Airmen on different scenarios to build upon their abilities to work in dangerous environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, drives a vehicle while in mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear during Ability to Survive and Operate training for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Airmen practiced driving with lowered visibility and mobility challenges MOPP gear presents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, practice drinking water through their gas mask during Ability to Survive and Operate training for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During the training, Airmen practiced how to drink water without removing their gas mask or contaminating the water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, speaks with Airmen during their Ability to Survive and Operate training for exercise Arctic Gold (AG) 18-1 Oct. 25, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AG 18-1 is part of a series of exercises aimed to prepare Airmen of the 354th FW for possible contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, prepare to do post attack reconnaissance (PAR) after a simulated attack during Ability to Survive and Operate training for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. PAR teams are important in gathering essential information after an attack occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Eielson Air Force Base

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, writes down information on the clean M8 paper during Ability to Survive and Operate training after a mock air attack for exercise Arctic Gold 18-1 Oct. 25, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. M8 paper is used to detect certain chemical agents that can be released into the air after an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing had the opportunity during Arctic Gold 18-1 to do things they normally only get to read about. The Ability to Survive and Operate or ATSO training allowed airmen to get hands on experience with things such as Post Attack Reconnaissance or PAR, driving in MOPP 4 and decontamination of assets.