Identifying, Refining, and Strengthening

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs prepare to land, launch and taxi down the flight line during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. During the ORE, A-10s conducted combat search and rescue training.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs prepare to land, launch and taxi down the flight line during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. During the ORE, A-10s conducted combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gregory Lyles, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, adds water to a stucco mixture during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The stucco was used as a durable and weather-resistant wall covering for the construction of a simulated command center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gregory Lyles, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, adds water to a stucco mixture during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The stucco was used as a durable and weather-resistant wall covering for the construction of a simulated command center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt launches from the runway during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. D-M’s Thunderbolts supported the combat search and rescue component of the exercise, performing both daytime and nighttime sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt launches from the runway during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. D-M’s Thunderbolts supported the combat search and rescue component of the exercise, performing both daytime and nighttime sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tayler Lieven, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, applies stucco to the exterior of a simulated command center during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The stucco was applied over the top of a layer of chicken wire to assist the bond between the mixture and the building exterior. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tayler Lieven, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, applies stucco to the exterior of a simulated command center during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The stucco was applied over the top of a layer of chicken wire to assist the bond between the mixture and the building exterior. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Security Forces Squadron don Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The ORE is intended to ensure DM Airmen maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide military and humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Security Forces Squadron don Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The ORE is intended to ensure DM Airmen maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide military and humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Fernando Sorto, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, clears an A-10 Thunderbolt II to launch during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The 355th Fighter Wing practiced their ability to survive and operate under simulated conventional chemical and biological conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Fernando Sorto, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, clears an A-10 Thunderbolt II to launch during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2014. The 355th Fighter Wing practiced their ability to survive and operate under simulated conventional chemical and biological conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform an engine swap on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2014. Engine swaps are typically performed after the engine’s components safely receive the maximum amount of wear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform an engine swap on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an operational readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2014. Engine swaps are typically performed after the engine’s components safely receive the maximum amount of wear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz -- The 355th Fighter Wing practiced their ability to survive and operate under simulated conventional, chemical and biological conditions during an operational readiness exercise, Dec. 9-12.

"The objective is to identify weaknesses, refine processes, strengthen decision making and force the Airmen to think outside of the box," said Lt. Col. James Roy, 355th FW Inspector General.

These exercises help reinforce the training Airmen have received, as well as, help build experience and knowledge about what it takes to deploy from their home station and conduct operations in a deployed location.

"This is a lot different from what I would normally do in the dining facility," said Senior Airman Bryanna Ioane, 355th Mission Support Group food service apprentice. "Everything's a question of 'How do I do this? How do I make that happen?' All of the stuff that I would normally use isn't here. This (exercise) is making me improvise."

During the exercise, wing inspection team member's evaluated Airmen on their ability to react and respond to different scenarios, which included chemical attacks, cordoning off unexploded ordnances and providing emergency medical care. 

To add the feeling of a deployment, the Airmen worked out of an area on base known as Tent City. Throughout the exercise the Airmen responded to alarms, sirens and loudspeaker announcements.

"It's so important to test, evaluate and enhance our preparedness as a fighter wing and the United States Air Force.  We must be ready to go at a moment's notice," said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th FW Inspector General inspection plans manager.