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Opinicus Vista 16-3 concludes

(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt) Members of the 50th Space Wing participate in a mock deployment line during exercise Opinicus Vista 16-3 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The exercise was held to test and evaluate the readiness and emergency response of the installation.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt) Members of the 50th Space Wing participate in a mock deployment line during exercise Opinicus Vista 16-3 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The exercise was held to test and evaluate the readiness and emergency response of the installation.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
Members of the 50th Space Wing participate in a mock deployment line during exercise Opinicus Vista 16-3 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The exercise was held to test and evaluate the readiness and emergency response of the installation.

By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Team Schriever responded to readiness and active-shooter scenarios during Opinicus Visita 16-3, Oct. 10-13, as part of a base-wide exercise.

The 50th Space Wing Inspector General office coordinated with wing inspection teams to challenge and evaluate units’ response actions.

“The exercises showcase the capability of the wing. Col. Burt has expressed what she wants to see in the exercises we conduct. Overall the whole exercise purpose is to test the wing and make us better,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeremey Hazelwonder, 50th Space Wing Inspector General wing exercise section chief.

The exercise started with simulated reports of hostilities. The escalation of these hostilities prompted the implementation of the bases readiness actions.

“Once things began to escalate we started generating all the readiness personnel, to get them to their positions overseas,” said Hazelwonder.

This consisted of recalling all required personnel, conducting a bag drag and putting personnel through the processing lines, where some even received their flu shots. According to Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez, 50th Space Wing Inspector General functional area management program manager, the flu shots are a requirement if you are going to deploy.

After personnel went through processing lines, they were briefed on their simulated deployment location, received C and A-Bags, and armed if necessary.

“Our Airmen went through the process of everything they would in a real-world situation, up to the point of getting on a bus to get on a plane,” said Hazelwonder.

The exercise concluded with an active-shooter scenario at the Missile Defense Agency. Testing not only Schriever, but the mission partners as well.

“There is a certain level of data-driven decisions and coordination when working with mission partners during an exercise, because they have their own mission and leadership to answer to. You have to be able to work symbiotically in order for the scenarios to work for both parties involved,” said Gutierrez.

“Overall, the base had a great response, we are continually improving. We usually have a lot of non-players, we didn’t have near as many this time,” said Hazelwonder.

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