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Dover Airmen practice readiness in Vengeant Eagle 2.0

Capt. Robert Isley, 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, runs pre-flight checks while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This small-scale readiness exercise was designed to test chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

Capt. Robert Isley, 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, runs pre-flight checks while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This small-scale readiness exercise was designed to test chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Medlin, 436th Security Forces Squadron defender, dons his Mission-Oriented Protective Posture equipment during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. MOPP gear provides protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Medlin, 436th Security Forces Squadron defender, dons his Mission-Oriented Protective Posture equipment during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. MOPP gear provides protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

A 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III aircrew assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., circles the base prior to landing during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018. This small-scale readiness exercise designed to test the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

A 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III aircrew assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., circles the base prior to landing during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018. This small-scale readiness exercise designed to test the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Trapp, 436th Security Forces Squadron antiterrorism NCO, performs a simulated dead body search during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Security forces members search remains to ensure combatants no longer pose a threat to American and coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Trapp, 436th Security Forces Squadron antiterrorism NCO, performs a simulated dead body search during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Security forces members search remains to ensure combatants no longer pose a threat to American and coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Page, 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster, runs pre-flight checks while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This small-scale readiness exercise was designed to test chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Page, 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster, runs pre-flight checks while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This small-scale readiness exercise was designed to test chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazard defensive measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley)

From left, Staff Sgt. Alexander Oelfke, Airman 1st Class Ryan Makaipo and Staff Sgt. Joshua Medlin, 436th Security Forces Squadron defenders, participate in exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the exercise they fired simunition rounds during a simulated engagement with enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

From left, Staff Sgt. Alexander Oelfke, Airman 1st Class Ryan Makaipo and Staff Sgt. Joshua Medlin, 436th Security Forces Squadron defenders, participate in exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the exercise they fired simunition rounds during a simulated engagement with enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, checks his gas mask for all the necessary pieces during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The exercise’s main goal was to evaluate the wing’s readiness to respond to real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 436th Airlift Wing command chief, checks his gas mask for all the necessary pieces during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The exercise’s main goal was to evaluate the wing’s readiness to respond to real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Airmen inspect deployment equipment during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply team ran the personnel deployment function line during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Airmen inspect deployment equipment during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply team ran the personnel deployment function line during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Team Dover members simulate going through a decontamination line in Mission Oriented Protection Posture gear after coming off the flight line July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. MOPP gear provides protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Team Dover members simulate going through a decontamination line in Mission Oriented Protection Posture gear after coming off the flight line July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. MOPP gear provides protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Staff Sgts. Zachary Aslett (center), 436th Aerial Port Squadron load team chief, and Jordan Handy (left), 436th APS Wing Inspection Team member, review a quick reference guide during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aslett confirmed with Handy on the contamination zones transition point process after coming off the flight line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Staff Sgts. Zachary Aslett (center), 436th Aerial Port Squadron load team chief, and Jordan Handy (left), 436th APS Wing Inspection Team member, review a quick reference guide during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aslett confirmed with Handy on the contamination zones transition point process after coming off the flight line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Christopher Leigh, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the exercise, personnel were evaluated on their ability to perform normal flight line operations in simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments and various force protection conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Senior Airman Christopher Leigh, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 on July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the exercise, personnel were evaluated on their ability to perform normal flight line operations in simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments and various force protection conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Capt. Scott Saville, 9th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilot, monitors personnel on the flight line in protective gear to test chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Scott was a member of a preflight crew consisting of aircrew, maintenance and aerial port personnel tasked to prepare the C-5M for flight during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Capt. Scott Saville, 9th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilot, monitors personnel on the flight line in protective gear to test chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Saville was a member of a preflight crew consisting of aircrew, maintenance and aerial port personnel tasked to prepare the C-5M for flight during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Team Dover members review the procedures before walking around a C-17 Globemaster III in Mission Oriented Protection Posture gear July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. More than 250 Team Dover Airmen participated in exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Team Dover members review the procedures before walking around a C-17 Globemaster III in Mission Oriented Protection Posture gear July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. More than 250 Team Dover Airmen participated in exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- More than 250 Airmen participated in simulated deployment readiness activities during Exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0 July 25-26, 2018, at Dover AFB.

The exercise consisted of processing through personnel deployment and cargo deployment function lines, attending intelligence briefings and responding to simulated threats including Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear. In addition, the 436th Security Forces Squadron conducted their own exercise to test their ability to defend a deployed location in a contested and contaminated environment.

The Airmen participating in the exercise had to perform their normal duties while wearing their Mission-Oriented Protective Posture, which restricts mobility and visibility. They were being evaluated as well as corrected to ensure proper procedures were being performed.

“The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the wing’s readiness for real-world contingencies, operational plans and higher headquarters tasking, while assessing the wing’s ability to survive, operate and defend in a chemically contaminated environment,” said Richard Bowman, 436th Airlift Wing deputy inspector general.

Vengeant Eagle 2.0 was one more step in the bigger picture of Total Force Full Spectrum Readiness after its predecessor, Vengeant Eagle, in February 2018. The wing was able to take the feedback, learn from previous mistakes and progress in the areas that needed improvement.

There were two phases of the exercise: Phase 1 practiced the initial deployment of members in a specific allotted time, and Phase 2 focused on sustaining operations at a deployed location during heightened force protection conditions and CBRN threats.

The exercise did not focus solely on ground activity, as members of the 3rd Airlift Squadron donned Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection while flying a mission. After the C-17 Globemaster III landed, the aircrew processed through a decontamination line at the 436th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment section.

“The exercise was a success, the wing gained valuable readiness skills and our deployment processes were sharpened,” said Bowman.

Another exercise is being planned in conjunction with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in order to improve Team Dover’s ability to join multiple wings in a contingency effort.