Ready sert ORI! 436th MSS gives 411 on their ORI prep

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  • By Airman 1st Class Shen-Chia Chu
  • 436th AW Public Affairs
Team Dover has participated in deployment exercises for several months now, practicing and testing units and individual Airmen to prepare and deploy for combat.

As for the 436th Mission Support Squadron, they've practiced and prepared for the inspection they say they're more than ready for.

"We've been on the ball for months for this," said Capt. Thomas Abell, 436th MSS military personnel flight commander. "After the long, hard hours Team Dover has put into this base-wide, there should be no surprises and zero discrepancies - we should be perfect."

Airmen participating in the exercise go through a personnel deployment function, which determines their eligibility to deploy. As Airmen walk from station to station, people from agencies across the base make sure all training records, medical records, legal issues and more are taken care of before they deploy.

Once Airmen are deployed, the Personnel Support Contingency Operations team takes over maintaining accountability, casualty reporting and personnel support.

"Our success depends not only on ensuring Team Dover Airmen are both eligible and medically fit to fly and fight, but to make sure our PERSCO warriors have everything they need to accomplish the mission," said Capt. Michael Sukach, chief of force readiness. "That link between the PDF and the PERSCO team is the key to any successful deployment of forces."

Airmen dress up in mission-oriented-protective-posture gear such as gas masks and chemical suits for the Ability to Survive and Operate training at work.

"We had a brand new team of Airmen who started out not even knowing what this program was ten months ago," said Master Sgt. Chris Starr, PERSCO team chief and NCO in-charge of customer support. "Now we have a strong team who's dedicated - living and breathing this training."

Like a team of super heroes, Sergeant Starr said each PERSCO team member has a strength and skill they bring to the group. The Airmen of PERSCO team are each particularly talented in one specific area, but are knowledgeable and capable to perform all team duties.

"We perform our normal day-to-day operations along with exercises for deployment training, and other additional weekly training," said the sergeant.

Time, energy and dedication have prepared MSS Airmen for the ORI and they're set to go!

"We're still staying focused on a weekly basis, keeping our sense of urgency and training proficient and I have full confidence and faith that our Airmen are leading and taking charge," said Captain Abell. "When it's all said and done, I know our Airmen are more than capable of bringing home a rating of outstanding."

"I can't wait to get there and show'em what we can do," said Sergeant Starr.