DORMAR tests base readiness, builds partnerships

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  • By Senior Airman Eric M. Fisher
  • 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Team Dover held exercise Dover Operational Readiness for a Multi-domain Agile Response, Nov. 12-15, 2019.

The exercise tested the base’s readiness across a large spectrum, with scenarios including power outages, multiple active shooter incidents, increased force protection measures, large-scale deployment of both Air Force and Army assets and more.

These scenarios were designed by the 436th Airlift Wing Inspector General to challenge the installation’s capabilities and provide opportunities to improve the base’s readiness.

“All in all, every scenario was designed to challenge the thinking and standard operations of the wing,” said Maj. Jacob Hoppen, 436th AW IG chief of exercises. “It’s vital that Airmen take the lessons learned from the exercise and implement solutions to ensure quick and decisive operations.”

DORMAR not only provided learning experiences for Airmen but also established a platform to improve partnerships.

“We partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to fly a small unmanned aircraft, allowing our security forces to practice with countering it, which was a first time for the Air Force,” said Col. Joel Safranek, 436th AW commander. “Additionally, we partnered with the Delaware National Guard to move their vehicles via air and provide our aerial port with a challenging scenario.”

Despite the many challenging scenarios faced throughout the exercise, Airmen worked to overcome and ensure mission success.

“This exercise took a tremendous amount of work to plan, organize and execute, in addition to the normal workload we successfully do every day,” said Safranek. “Leadership at all levels greatly appreciates the effort and work our Airmen put into making our exercise a success.”