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19 AW kicks off ROCKI 20-01, prepares Ready Warriors

People wait in line.

Airmen from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron help members of the 19th Airlift Wing go through the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

Men in uniform have dog.

Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron respond to a simulated active shooter incident during exercise ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing began ROCKI 20-01, a full spectrum readiness exercise, in the beginning of November to verify the 19th AW’s capabilities to operate in any contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Men in uniform hold weapon.

Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron perform a search on a simulated active shooter during exercise ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing began ROCKI 20-01, a full spectrum readiness exercise, in the beginning of November to verify the 19th AW’s capabilities to operate in any contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

Men in uniform have weapon.

Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron perform a search on a simulated active shooter during exercise ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The full spectrum readiness exercise is divided into three distinct phases, deliberately designed to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

Men in uniform hold weapon

Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron perform a search on a simulated active shooter during exercise ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The full spectrum readiness exercise is divided into three distinct phases, deliberately designed to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

People throw bags.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Coonrod, 19th Logistic Readiness Squadron air transportation technician, loads bags onto a pallet during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

People in uniform wait in line.

Airmen from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron help members of the 19th Airlift Wing go through the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

People stand with cargo.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Meeks, 19th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, guides a forklift into a container during ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing began ROCKI 20-01, a full spectrum readiness exercise, in the beginning of November to verify the 19th AW’s capabilities to operate in any contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

People carry cargo.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kenneth Nguyen, 19th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, uses a forklift to lift a container off of a truck during ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing began ROCKI 20-01, a full spectrum readiness exercise, in the beginning of November to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness to provide Rapid Global Mobility in any contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

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Staff Sgt. Jacob Bussell, 19th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment, prepares paperwork while going through the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. PDF line personnel verify Airmen are up to date on their medical records, have all required gear and are ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Capt. Nathaniel Freeman, 19th Airlift Wing assistant staff judge advocate, gives a legal briefing as part of the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing go through the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. PDF line personnel verify Airmen are up to date on their medical records, have all required gear and are ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing go through the personnel deployment function line before boarding a C-130J Super Hercules during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. PDF line personnel verify Airmen are up to date on their medical records, have all required gear and are ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Staff Sgt. Jacob Bussell, 19th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment, prepares to step on a scale before boarding a C-130J Super Hercules during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Before heading to the simulated deployed location Airmen processed through a personnel deployment function line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Advanced Operational Node Team Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron are the first to arrive at the exercise deployed environment during ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing began ROCKI 20-01, a full spectrum readiness exercise, in the beginning of November to verify the 19th AW’s capabilities to operate in any contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Advanced Operational Node Team Airmen from the 61st Airlift Squadron begin planning flying operations after arriving at the exercise deployed environment during ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Airmen will be tested on their ability to survive and operate within a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Airmen from the 19th Security Forces Squadron simulate a protective sweep after arriving at the exercise deployed environment during ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. The full spectrum readiness exercise is deliberately designed to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Airmen from the 61st Airlift Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. The full spectrum readiness exercise is deliberately designed to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

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Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing enter the personnel deployment function line during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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Airmen from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron load mobility bags during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy all participants to a simulated combat environment, while also defending the base from attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian Elkins, 61st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, secures a generator in a C-130J Super Hercules during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Airmen loaded aircraft with cargo for the full-spectrum readiness exercise to simulate deploying to a forward location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

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Loadmasters from the 61st Airlift Squadron load a generator onto a C-130J Super Hercules during phase one of ROCKI 20-01 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2019. Airmen loaded aircraft with cargo for the full-spectrum readiness exercise to simulate deploying to a forward location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The 19th Airlift Wing kicked off their biannual wing-wide exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2019.

The full spectrum readiness exercise, named ROCKI 20-01, is divided into three distinct phases, deliberately designed to test Airmen in different ways while honing their overall warfighting effectiveness.

“Being prepared for anything an enemy may throw at us is the key to readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Kelly Franklin, 19th AW director of inspections. “By training against all threats, we are verifying the 19th AW’s capabilities to operate in any contested environment.”

Phase one tests the wing’s ability to deploy to a simulated combat environment while also defending the base from attacks.

Airmen will be tested on their ability to survive and operate within a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment during phase two. The radiological portion of the exercise is a new training objective designed to establish readiness within that domain.

Lastly, phase three redeploys participants from the exercise area back to home station and allows them to glean lessons learned through a rigorous hotwash process.

“The exercise is about testing Airmen’s readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Amanda Fitzpatrick, 19th Airlift Wing Inspector General superintendent. “It’s giving us the ability to let the commander know if his wing is ready to deploy in this manner.”

“The 19th Airlift Wing is leading the way in Air Mobility Command for full spectrum readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Col. John Schutte, 19th AW commander. “The 2018 National Defense Strategy prioritized readiness for major combat operations, peer threats and highly contested environments. ROCKI 20-01 will continue building upon our ability to operate in a CBRN environment adding radiological scenarios to our training standards.”

The 19th AW has incorporated another unique facet into the ROCKI called distributed operations, which leverages the ability of combat airlift to provide rapid global mobility through the establishment and resupply of bare bases within a highly contested theater of operations. Approximately 30 Airmen will forward deploy on two C-130J Super Hercules to set up set up operations at an austere airfield in another state, then practice resupplying other bases using mission type orders.

“The installation will test distributed operations in order to help refine this unique operational concept,” Franklin said. “Exercise participants will be tasked to leave a simulated, deployed location— the Realistic Training Area named Camp Warlord — and support operations for approximately 48 hours from a new, more austere location.”

This emerging concept will add to the complexity of the exercise and provide additional training opportunities for the 19th AW to validate wing readiness. While wing leadership is being challenged through complex decision making for exercise participants here, they will also need to focus on identifying appropriate personnel, equipment and supplies to forward deploy to a second location.

“The exercise is testing how we’ve grown since our last exercise as Ready Warriors,” Fitzpatrick said. “The new challenges we’ve put in place develop our Airmen so they have an asymmetric advantage that can be applied to the mobility enterprise and service as a whole.”

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