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Airmen assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing de-board from a C-17 aircraft at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 5, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Airmen assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing de-board from a C-17 aircraft at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 5, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Staff Sgt. Wyatt Baldwin, standing right, issues a training weapon from the 167th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s mobile weapons’ vault during a  training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Staff Sgt. Wyatt Baldwin, standing right, issues a training weapon from the 167th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s mobile weapons’ vault during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

167th Airlift Wing aircraft maintainers simulate decontaminating a crew entrance door on a C-17 aircraft during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

167th Airlift Wing aircraft maintainers simulate decontaminating a crew entrance door on a C-17 aircraft during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

167th Airlift Wing aircraft maintainers access contamination on the flight line during a during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

167th Airlift Wing aircraft maintainers access contamination on the flight line during a during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 8, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Senior Airman Erin Engle, front, and Airmen Benjamin Turner, both assigned to the 167th Medical Group, carry a litter with a simulated patient into an exam room at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th Airlift Wing Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Senior Airman Erin Engle, front, and Airmen Benjamin Turner, both assigned to the 167th Medical Group, carry a litter with a simulated patient into an exam room at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th Airlift Wing Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Airman 1st Class Kayla Sine, assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron, makes notes during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Airman 1st Class Kayla Sine, assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron, makes notes during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Defenders assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron participate in a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Defenders assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron participate in a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

Lt. Col. Christopher Croson, 167th Maintenance Squadron commander, discusses procedures with other commanders during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Lt. Col. Christopher Croson, 167th Maintenance Squadron commander, discusses procedures with other commanders during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Senior Airman Andrew Stover, Staff Sgt. Phillip Wingerd and Senior Airman Zachary Langhorne, all assigned to the fuels section of the 167th Airlift Wing, review post attack procedures during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Senior Airman Andrew Stover, Staff Sgt. Phillip Wingerd and Senior Airman Zachary Langhorne, all assigned to the fuels section of the 167th Airlift Wing, review post attack procedures during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Demory and Airman Ian Maxwell, both assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing’s aviation resource management systems section, review post-attack procedures during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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Staff Sgt. Kathryn Demory and Airman Ian Maxwell, both assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing’s aviation resource management systems section, review post-attack procedures during a training exercise at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., May 7, 2019. Approximately 300 167th AW Airmen participated in the training event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

ALPENA, Mich. --

Approximately 300 167th Airlift Wing Airmen deployed to the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., as part of a readiness training exercise conducted May 3-10. 

Dubbed Thunder Bay, the robust exercise tested the wing’s ability to mobilize, operate and sustain its mission while operating in a contested environment.  

“We don’t do this for fun, we do this for preparedness,” said Col. David Cochran, 167th AW commander. “We do this to stay ready to do the bidding of our nation.”

Personnel representing functions across the wing participated in the event giving Airmen opportunities to train on processes they don’t typically encounter during unit training assemblies at home station. 

“Training in the most realistic conditions possible strengthens each member’s muscle memory, thereby reducing the stress induced by the fog of war. After watching our Airmen perform this week, I am confident that the 167th will succeed in any mission we might be tasked with,” said Lt. Col. James Freid-Studlo, 167th AW Inspector General. 

The 167th AW is scheduled for an operational inspection by the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command this fall.