Airmen assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing are participating in a Large-Scale Readiness Exercise, through Sunday, at the base in Swanton.
Those living and working near the base may see and hear increased activity, both on base and the areas immediately surrounding the installation. Area residents can expect to see increased traffic, noise from loud speakers and personnel activities along the perimeter and at entry control points.
The exercise is a full-scale assessment of the rapid generation and movement of personnel and equipment, utilizing a 24-hour operation concept. The wing will be evaluated on its ability to pack, prepare and deploy mission-ready personnel, aircraft and support equipment, while operating in a contested and degraded environment.
A minimum of two readiness exercises are required to take place over a five-year period and are scheduled, in addition to real world deployments and training exercises, to ensure Air National Guard Wings are trained, equipped and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, anywhere, at any time, in support of U.S. National Defense Strategies.