Coronet Warrior 12-02 preparation begins with you

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  • By Lt. Col. Brian Montgomery
  • 4th Fighter Wing director of wing inspections and exercises
As many of you know Coronet Warrior 12-02, a combined phase I and II operational readiness exercise, will take place here March 5-9.

The purpose of Coronet Warrior 12-02 is to prepare Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Airmen to forward deploy in support of combat operations.

While the Seymour Johnson community is no stranger to inspections or deployments, this will be the first time our Airmen will complete a combined phase I and II. Hence, now is a great time to review ORE phase I and II processes as we begin preparation for the wing's operational readiness inspection in March 2013.

In order to best prepare for the upcoming ORE, there are a few things you should be doing now:
· Prepare your personal equipment. This includes individual protective equipment, chemical gear and items in your mobility bag.

· Make sure your mobility bag only contains required deployment items. Your unit deployment manager can provide you with this list and determine any area of responsibility specific items you need. Pay specific attention to your name and rank as these may have changed since the last time you pulled out your "Mo Bag."

· Prepare your IPE by fitting and marking it with your name, rank and service as well as applying the appropriate chemical detection tape simulations. Also, ensure you inspect your chemical gas mask and test its drinking system to ensure that it works properly.

· Review your Airman's Manual. Be familiar with how and where to find important information like how to survive and operate -in a deployed location, mission oriented protective posture conditions, the proper wear of battle gear and the chemical warfare defense ensemble, situational life-saving self-aid buddy care actions and the proper use of injectors. These are just a few of the critical knowledge items your Airman's Manual provides.

· Review your job's deployed requirements as well as the capabilities your work center will provide. Also check your deployed work center plan to include how you will arrive and depart the Base X environment.

· In addition to ensuring you are personally prepared, review the roles, responsibilities and key tasks of your specific job and the expeditionary unit to which you will belong. Do you provide mission-specific, medical-related, or wing staff support? If so, how can you provide this support in a bare-base environment? Whether you are a first-time deployer, or a veteran of multiple trips down range, it is important to know Base X expectations for you and your unit.

· Mentally prepare yourself. A positive attitude is the first step in any successful exercise, inspection or deployment.

· Be safe and productive.

· Display functional knowledge, yet accept and implement evaluator recommendations.
· Be confident, yet flexible because plans will change.

· Arriving with and maintaining a positive attitude about the task at hand will go a long way toward the 4th Fighter Wing's success during CW 12-02. Be professional and cordial.

· And lastly, do not be afraid to ask questions. It is better to acknowledge the need for more study or practice in an area rather than trying to fake it in the hope that a deficiency goes unnoticed.

OREs are the 4th FW wing's chance to practice the skills needed to succeed during its March 2013 ORI. Let's take advantage of these opportunities now!

--The Warlord