‘Super UTA’ puts Airmen to test

‘Super UTA’ puts Airmen to test

Reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing completed a “Super UTA” here June 9-12, combining two monthly drill weekends as part of an internal inspection.

The 419th Inspector General office oversaw the four-day exercise to ensure the wing meets annual training requirements.

“Each squadron is testing their own ability to deploy,” said Senior Master Sgt. J.D. Hill, 419th IG. “That looked different for everyone.”

Among these inspections, the medical squadron conducted a mass casualty exercise June 10 to test their ability to treat injured personnel in a wartime environment. Operations and maintenance personnel conducted an F-16 “surge” with back-to-back sorties throughout the weekend. The civil engineer squadron touched on all aspects of construction, such as structural repair, electrical work, and plumbing, and also tested their ability to respond to chemical or biological attacks.

“This is our capstone event of the year, a chance to evaluate ourselves,” said Col. David Smith, 419th FW commander. “The bottom line is we have to be deployable.”

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