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100th ARW exercise tests 24-hour operations

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrates the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrates the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Raychel Bates, center, 351st Air Refueling Squadron assistant “A” flight commander, discusses the process of building aircrews for the exercise on RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. Aircrews are comprised of two pilots and a boom operator, who conducts the refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Raychel Bates, center, 351st Air Refueling Squadron assistant “A” flight commander, discusses the process of building aircrews for the exercise on RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. Aircrews are comprised of two pilots and a boom operator, who conducts the refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrates the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrates the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, takes off for night refueling in support of an exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. This Stratotanker was one of seven aircraft taking off in support of both the exercise and real-world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, takes off for night refueling in support of an exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. This Stratotanker was one of seven aircraft taking off in support of both the exercise and real-world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Cooper)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jameco Edwards, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, completes a pre-flight checklist before preparing a KC-135 Stratotanker for takeoff during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jameco Edwards, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, completes a pre-flight checklist before preparing a KC-135 Stratotanker for takeoff during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kevin Brohaugh, 100th Operations Group assistant chief of scheduling, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Shelton, 100th Operations Group NCO-in-charge of scheduling, prepare crew schedules for a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018.  The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC-135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kevin Brohaugh, 100th Operations Group assistant chief of scheduling, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Shelton, 100th Operations Group NCO-in-charge of scheduling, prepare crew schedules for a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC-135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kaleigh Wilkins, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance journeyman, prepares cargo on a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to takeoff during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kaleigh Wilkins, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance journeyman, prepares cargo on a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to takeoff during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135s in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force KC–135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron is de-iced during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018.  The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135 Stratotankers in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force KC–135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron is de-iced during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The exercise tested the wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC- 135 Stratotankers in response to an international incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Johnson, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office inbound specialist apprentice, prepare cargo to be placed securely on aircraft during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018.  The small air terminal organizes unprepared cargo to be packed and loaded onto departing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Johnson, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office inbound specialist apprentice, prepare cargo to be placed securely on aircraft during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The small air terminal organizes unprepared cargo to be packed and loaded onto departing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Paulo Robinson, center, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office personal property journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Daniel Johnson, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office inbound specialist apprentice, prepare cargo to be placed securely on aircraft during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018.  The small air terminal organizes unprepared cargo to be packed and loaded onto departing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Paulo Robinson, center, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office personal property journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Daniel Johnson, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office inbound specialist apprentice, prepare cargo to be placed securely on aircraft during a readiness exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 26, 2018. The small air terminal organizes unprepared cargo to be packed and loaded onto departing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- The 100th Air Refueling Wing held an intensive exercise February 26-28 to test readiness and measure responses.

The main focus of the exercise was to demonstrate our Airmen’s ability to quickly mobilize an entire wing and prepare to launch KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft in response to an international incident.

“This exercise in particular was not meant to test only our Operations Group, or only our Maintenance Group, or our Mission support Group,” said Lt. Col. Mark Skalko, 100th ARW inspector general, “it was designed to test each and every Airman on this base, military or civilian, as each person plays a vital role in making the mission happen here at RAF Mildenhall.”

As the aircraft were being prepared for sustained operations, all aspects of the wing were working together to make it happen, to include security forces, logistics, civil engineering and force support, just to name a few.

“To put on an exercise this dynamic and of this magnitude takes a tremendous amount of coordination, dedication, and obviously teamwork,” said Skalko.

A high point of the exercise was an ‘elephant walk’ of 12 KC-135s demonstrating a show of force maneuver, followed by sustained 24 hour, non-stop operations.

Overall, leadership was very impressed at the wing’s performance.
“I’m extremely proud of the Airmen of the ‘Bloody Hundredth’,” said Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th ARW commander.

“We set out to challenge the wing to perform well beyond our day-to-day operations and our Airmen rose to the occasion. Every shop on this base, every Air Force specialty, played a part in making this exercise a success.”