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Golden Raven 18-01 integrates 354th FW, 168th WG

LRS helps Icemen prepare for Golden Raven 18-1

Airman 1st Class Victor Hayward, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) individual protective equipment (IPE) apprentice, prepares a gas mask to be issued for exercise Golden Raven 18-1, April 5, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This will be the sixth operational readiness exercise Eielson has conducted since October of 2017; Golden Raven is an evaluation of the 354th Fighter Wing’s ability to prepare and deploy personnel, equipment and support assets. In preparation for the upcoming exercise, the LRS Airmen issued full and modified individual protective equipment to Airmen throughout the wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

LRS helps Icemen prepare for Golden Raven 18-1

Airman 1st Class Victor Hayward, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment (IPE) apprentice, issues a gas mask prior to a wing readiness exercise April 5, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This will be the sixth operational readiness exercise Eielson has conducted since October of 2017; Golden Raven is an evaluation of the 354th Fighter Wing’s ability to prepare and deploy personnel, equipment and support assets. Leading up to the exercise, the IPE team is responsible for issuing protective equipment to Airmen across the installation ensuring they are ready to train.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)

Exercise Golden Raven 18-1

A U.S. Air Force 354th Security Forces (SFS) Airman, watches over a field during exercise Golden Raven 18-1 on April 12, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During the exercise the 354th SFS and Air Force Office of Special Investigations raided a simulated enemy weapon cache to test their capabilities and practice integration with one another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher)

Exercise Golden Raven 18-1

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Medical Group provide care to a simulated casualty during exercise Golden Raven 18-1 on April 11, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The medics practiced providing triage and decontamination procedures for 10 simulated patients with varying injuries and challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

Exercise Golden Raven 18-01 was a unique opportunity for the 354th Fighter Wing to integrate with the 168th Wing and conduct a training exercise that supported the Tanker Task Force mission, as well as to deploy personnel and cargo in support of contingency operations. This was the sixth operational readiness exercise conducted on Eielson since October 2017.

There were three distinct phases personnel navigated through and each phase had the overarching goal of maintaining a state of readiness for all the Airmen on Eielson.

“The men and women of the 168th WG exercised with the 354th FW to ensure our readiness”, said Col. Richard Adams, the 168th WG vice commander. “Team Eielson trains together so that we get maximum effectiveness out of the exercise.”

The exercise was scheduled to take place April 7-13 and was the first exercise in years for Eielson that integrates both the active duty and guard sides of the base.

"The integration between the 354 FW and 168 WG is critical to maximizing the potential of today's Total Force," said Col. Shawn Anger, the 354th FW vice commander. "In real-world deployments, we regularly integrate active duty personnel with guard and reserve personnel. Therefore, conducting a Total Force exercise increases our cohesion and overall mission readiness."

Overall, conducting large scale exercises at small bases ensures the entire base is mission focused and ready to deploy.