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Joint exercise a success for 116th ACW and WRALC

Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center work together to fend off insurgents, who led a surprise attack on Warrior Air Base Friday during the Operational Readiness Exercise.

Airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center work together to fend off insurgents, who led a surprise attack on Warrior Air Base Friday during the Operational Readiness Exercise.

Two Robins firefighters rescue a pilot just minutes after extinguishing the fire that engulfed his F-15 during Phase II of the Operational Readiness Exercise.

Two Robins firefighters rescue a pilot just minutes after extinguishing the fire that engulfed his F-15 during Phase II of the Operational Readiness Exercise.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The recent Operational Readiness Exercise was a success according to inspectors from both the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center Inspector General's office and the 116th Air Control Wing readiness and inspection office.

The exercise, which completed Phase II on Sunday, allowed members of both units to test their Ability to Survive and Operate.

The exercise was the first joint exercise since the 116th ACW was formed after blending the 116th Bomb Wing and the 93rd Air Control Wing.

"There were some rough patches at first, but the players really overcame them and put on a good show," said Lt. Col. Derrick Dyes, chief of the readiness and inspections office.

Jim Gutschenrietter, chief of the exercise branch for the ALC, said he was most impressed with the way the two units worked together during the exercise.

"It went well and we learned from everything," Mr. Gutschenrietter said.

Colonel Dykes said it was important for the units to work together because the diverse make up of the two units is similar to the diverse make up of the locations where airmen from both groups deploy. By combining the two units it allowed for civilians, active duty and Air National Guard members to work together just as they would in the field.