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Shaw conducts ORE Weasel Victory 17-07

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform maintenance on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Maintenance Airmen spent the ORE repairing and troubleshooting F-16s, ensuring they were ready to take to the sky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform maintenance on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Maintenance Airmen spent the ORE repairing and troubleshooting F-16s, ensuring they were ready to take to the sky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Borger, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintainer, performs a pre-flight check on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Pre-flight checks are performed by maintainers and pilots to ensure aircraft meet all safety specifications and are ready for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Borger, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintainer, performs a pre-flight check on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Pre-flight checks are performed by maintainers and pilots to ensure aircraft meet all safety specifications and are ready for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron walk toward F-16CM Fighting Falcons during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Throughout the ORE pilots also wore protective gear to include web belts and Kevlar helmets.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron walk toward F-16CM Fighting Falcons during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. Throughout the ORE pilots also wore protective gear to include web belts and Kevlar helmets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force pilot taxis an F-16CM Fighting Falcon on the flight line during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. OREs are utilized by the Defense Department to test service members’ efficiency in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force pilot taxis an F-16CM Fighting Falcon on the flight line during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. OREs are utilized by the Defense Department to test service members’ efficiency in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing fasten themselves into their F-16CM Fighting Falcons during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. The ORE gave pilots the opportunity to hone their flying skills in a simulated deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing fasten themselves into their F-16CM Fighting Falcons during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. The ORE gave pilots the opportunity to hone their flying skills in a simulated deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

An F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron takes off during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. The three-day ORE tested the installation’s efficiency through the implementation of 24-hour operations intended to test Airmen’s combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

An F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron takes off during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 15, 2017. The three-day ORE tested the installation’s efficiency through the implementation of 24-hour operations intended to test Airmen’s combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Range, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, uses his phone to shine light on paperwork following a simulated power outage during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen were required to adapt to changing condition in order to complete the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Range, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, uses his phone to shine light on paperwork following a simulated power outage during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen were required to adapt to changing condition in order to complete the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jared Aversano, 20th Communications Squadron client systems technician, works on a laptop following a simulated power outage during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen endured conditions such as power outages in order to evaluate how they react to unplanned scenarios that may arise in a deployed environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jared Aversano, 20th Communications Squadron client systems technician, works on a laptop following a simulated power outage during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen endured conditions such as power outages in order to evaluate how they react to unplanned scenarios that may arise in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron construction management flight perform training during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen from various squadrons around Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., participated in activities both on base and at the training site at Poinsett. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron construction management flight perform training during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen from various squadrons around Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., participated in activities both on base and at the training site at Poinsett. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Payne, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron construction management technician, talks on a radio during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Various Airmen across the Poinsett site utilized radios to receive information on simulated attacks or condition changes throughout the three-day, 72-hour exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Payne, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron construction management technician, talks on a radio during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. Various Airmen across the Poinsett site utilized radios to receive information on simulated attacks or condition changes throughout the three-day, 72-hour exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing run to a hardened shelter, following a simulated explosion during operation readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. Throughout the exercise Airmen trained on how to do their respective jobs in a deployed environment with deployment-like scenarios occurring periodically throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing run to a hardened shelter, following a simulated explosion during operation readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. Throughout the exercise Airmen trained on how to do their respective jobs in a deployed environment with deployment-like scenarios occurring periodically throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing exit a hardened shelter to perform post attack reconnaissance (PAR) sweeps during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. PAR sweeps are utilized by militaries to spot potential hazards following an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing exit a hardened shelter to perform post attack reconnaissance (PAR) sweeps during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield S.C., May 16, 2017. PAR sweeps are utilized by militaries to spot potential hazards following an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron apply a tourniquet during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. The Airmen participated in the exercise to hone their skills in applying tourniquets and transporting injured individuals in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron apply a tourniquet during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. The Airmen participated in the exercise to hone their skills in applying tourniquets and transporting injured individuals in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron (MDOS) tend to a dummy patient during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 20th MDOS were tested on how quickly and efficiently they could care for injured casualties in a deployed or stateside environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron (MDOS) tend to a dummy patient during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 20th MDOS were tested on how quickly and efficiently they could care for injured casualties in a deployed or stateside environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron carry a simulated casualty to an evacuation site during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. After assessing and transporting victims, the Airmen were provided feedback by wing inspection team members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron carry a simulated casualty to an evacuation site during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. After assessing and transporting victims, the Airmen were provided feedback by wing inspection team members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron (MDOS) secure a casualty during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. Throughout the scenario, 20th MDOS Airmen treated and transported three mannequins and two simulated human casualties to an evacuation site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Operations Support Squadron (MDOS) secure a casualty during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. Throughout the scenario, 20th MDOS Airmen treated and transported three mannequins and two simulated human casualties to an evacuation site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Alston, 20th Medical Operation Support Squadron aerospace medicine service craftsman, secures a litter harness during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. The Airmen were timed on how quickly they could transport the injured and access the site for any unexploded ordnances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Alston, 20th Medical Operation Support Squadron aerospace medicine service craftsman, secures a litter harness during operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 16, 2017. The Airmen were timed on how quickly they could transport the injured and access the site for any unexploded ordnances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participate in operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at a site in Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. These exercises are intended to assist Airmen in adapting to the conditions that may be present in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participate in operational readiness exercise (ORE) Weasel Victory 17-07 at a site in Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., May 16, 2017. These exercises are intended to assist Airmen in adapting to the conditions that may be present in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE --

Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participated in operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-07 May 15 through 17.

The three-day, 72-hour exercise, presented the 20th FW an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to employ forces and practice combat readiness.

“Long days and long nights are a guarantee for us,” said Staff Sgt. Edwin Velez, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics journeyman. “But opportunities like these give us the chance to put our skills to the test and be ready should we deploy in the future.”

These simulated conditions ranged from fires and destroyed buildings to victims being ambushed and targeted by threats.

With the deployed environment being unpredictable, a group of Airmen serving as Wing Inspection Team members ran all scenarios for the exercises. WIT members provided “injects” which are circumstances intended to test their respective unit’s proficiency to changing conditions.

“Our job during exercises is to evaluate our unit’s Airmen,” said Staff Sgt. Erica Jones, 20th Security Forces Squadron standards and evaluations technician. “If we see an Airman not performing proper procedures, we will correct it and ensure that they do the task correctly.”

These exercises are intended to help prepare Airmen for deployed environments and ensure they are primed to execute the 20th FW mission through combat readiness.

This year, Airmen had the opportunity to participate both on base and at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C. Weasel Victory occurs several times annually at Shaw AFB.