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Beverly Pack 18-1: maintaining muscle memory

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron, straps on his helmet before taxing during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 10, 2017. The week-long exercise developed scenarios in support of U.S. Forces Korea wartime plans to test the base’s capacity to deter and defeat North Korean aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Knight, 8th Air Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, guides a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition during a reload in a hardened aircraft shelter at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 10, 2017. The reload, a part of Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1, ensures Airmen remain proficient in their ability to generate weapons for combat ready aircraft in a wartime scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Knight signals to Airman 1st Class Joshua Cartlidge, 8th Air Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew members, while performing a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition reload in a hardened aircraft shelter during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 10, 2017. The exercise tested Airmen on their ability to generate large amounts of various munitions to keep aircraft combat ready in support of a simulated Combined Forces Air Component Command air tasking order based on real scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing Wolf Pack, walk to their dormitory during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 11, 2017. The week long exercise tested the base’s ability to deter, defend and defeat threats while completing the required mission during contingency operations. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons await clearance for takeoff during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 11, 2017. The week-long exercise’s wartime scenario tested flight line operations’ abilities to generate sorties in support of contingency operations and execute the combat mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons with the 8th Fighter Wing, Republic of Korea and 115th Fighter Wing, Madison, Wisconsin, await final clearance to takeoff during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1, Oct. 11, 2017 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The aircraft were generated to test the capacity for the base to support continuous combat operations in support of Combined Forces Commander directives in a wartime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon sits on the runway prior to take off during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 11, 2017. The exercise tested the Wolf Pack’s capabilities to carry out the wing missions of defend the base, accept follow-on forces and take the fight north through various injects mimicking wartime scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon takes off from the runway during exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 11, 2017. The exercise tested the Wolf Pack’s capability to generate combat aircraft in support of Combined Forces Command requirements. During the exercise scenarios, the wing fulfilled its defend the base, accept follow-on forces and take the fight north missions through various injects aligned to wartime scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron participate in an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The exercise tested Defenders’ abilities react to attacks from opposing forces and the capabilities of the squadron to defend the base in a wartime scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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A spent smoke canister lies on the ground after a training exercise during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The smoke grenade was used as a screen for the opposing force to obscure defenders vision during a security forces base breach training drill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Skylar Rolfe, 8th Security Forces Squadron Defender, participates in Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The scenario tested the Defenders' knowledge and reflexes to neutralize and apprehend an enemy played by Airmen on an opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Demarco Woodfork, 8th Security Forces Squadron Defender, acts as an opposing force during a base attack in Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The week long exercise tested the squadron’s ability to defend the base in a wartime scenario through various attacks on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron participate in a scenario against opposing forces during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The exercise inject tested the Defenders' knowledge and reflexes when neutralizing and apprehending the enemy—further strengthening their mission of defending the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Medina, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader, renders a mock explosive remnence of war safe during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. The week long exercise tested the base’s ability to deter, defend and defeat threats while completing the required mission during contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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Two U.S. Air Force Airmen perform post attack reconnaissance team sweeps of their designated area during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic, Oct. 12, 2017. PAR teams must search the immediate area of their responsibility for any casualties, unexploded ordnance or other threats to their personnel and facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.
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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rungkun Evans, 8th Fighter Wing Comptroller Squadron resource advisor, begins the cordon process during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 12, 2017. Beverly Pack 18-1, is a readiness exercise, testing the base’s ability to rapidly respond to requirements to defend the Korean Peninsula during contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The Korean Peninsula and the U.S. bases which help make up its combined defense posture feature prominently in worldwide headlines, given current tensions.

For U.S. air power on the Peninsula, the recent news focused on military postures and readiness to strike at a moment’s notice hits on a posture that is not new for the Airmen who validate the U.S. Pacific Air Forces motto: Fight Tonight.

For those in the military, it is an old muscle memory.

"Exercising the Wolf Pack as realistically as possible develops us into the mission-ready warfighters the Air Component Commander and Combined Forces Commander need and expect," said Col. David Shoemaker, 8th Fighter Wing commander. "The whole 'you train how you fight' mentality is arguably more important here than anywhere else in the world, because our Airmen may be expected to go from zero to one hundred in a matter of minutes. We can't afford to allow our skills to atrophy—we must always be ready. There's just too much at stake to expect otherwise."

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation.

As an Air Force Major Command, PACAF rests in one of the most diverse and expansive areas of the world, covering 52 percent of the globe. With the largest area of responsibility of any other major command, it depends on the readiness of its operational wings and their ability to prove themselves in real scenarios, ensuring the command lives up to its motto.

“We make sure we exercise, not just in the number of exercises we do, but having very high-end exercises that allow us to really wring out our Airmen and make sure we’re giving them the toughest threats to fight and train against,” said Gen. Terrance J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, in a recent interview.

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation. Beverly Pack 18-1: maintaining muscle memory
A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon sits on the runway prior to take off during Exercise Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 11, 2017. The exercise tested the Wolf Pack’s capabilities to carry out the wing missions of defend the base, accept follow-on forces and take the fight north through various injects mimicking wartime scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

Wolf Pack “Fights Tonight"

During Beverly Pack 18-1, the Wolf Pack proved its ability to “Fight Tonight”, by launching combat sorties on a continuous basis in support of an air tasking order developed for the exercise.

It’s these sorties, flown by U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, frequently referred to as Vipers, which enable the wing to live up to its localized mission to “Take the Fight North.”

Though the media environment recently adjusted its focus to the combat readiness of U.S. forces on the Peninsula, units like the Wolf Pack maintain a posture that dates back to the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War and is aligned with President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense, James Mattis’s vision for the Peninsula.

“President Trump's guidance to both Secretary Tillerson and me has been very clearly that we would pursue the diplomatic effort [with North Korea], to include the various initiatives with China, and to ensure that we pushed on sanctions, economic sanctions designed to keep this in the diplomatic framework for moving forward,” Mattis stated in a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

He then acknowledged, “it is a dynamic balance, as we try to go forward with a solution but at the same time ensure that we have military options.”

As such, the current atmosphere is one in which the military, to include Kunsan, maintains its combat readiness in case it is ever called upon.

Enabling the Fight

Many factors play into the successful generation of combat aircraft, and those don’t end at the flight line.

The “Defend the Base” and “Accept Follow-on Forces” missions of the Wolf Pack rely on the service members operating outside of flight operations to ensure the integrity of the base from opposing forces and to amplify the effectiveness of the installation to project power.

To verify the capabilities of these aspects of the Wolf Pack’s mission, base personnel were tested through various scenarios ranging from perimeter attacks to mass casualties, air attacks to unexploded ordnance and chemical warfare to relocation operations.

While confirming one’s mission effectiveness in Mission Oriented Protective Poster level four, or MOPP 4, isn’t the most interesting time, it is a vital part to Airmen and Soldiers on base defending against attacks and enabling forces in support of Combined Forces Command wartime needs.

The most recent operational exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Beverly Pack 18-1, took place from Oct. 10-14, 2017 and tested the instillation’s service members and their capacity to operate under combat scenarios relevant to the Korean Peninsula and PACAF writ large. Additionally, they verified their equipment and weapons systems could operate at various levels of stress and degradation. Beverly Pack 18-1: maintaining muscle memory
Two U.S. Air Force Airmen perform post attack reconnaissance team sweeps of their designated area during Beverly Pack 18-1 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic, Oct. 12, 2017. PAR teams must search the immediate area of their responsibility for any casualties, unexploded ordnance or other threats to their personnel and facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

As the final moments of the exercise wound down, a definitive atmosphere among the Airmen and Soldiers on base was palpable.

"I can tell you, in my third Kunsan tour with dozens of full-scale exercises under my belt, the energy in this exercise was superb," said Shoemaker. “The Wolf Pack’s leader-Airmen found comprehensive, cross-functional, wing-wide solutions to difficult scenarios under physically challenging conditions. Most importantly, Airmen weren't focused on when the exercise would end, when they could get back to their day-to-day roles. They were out there planning and executing to the final exercise inject. That's what I expect from professionals who know and care about their wartime mission in the Air Force’s tightest-knit, most combat-focused fighter wing."