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167th reinforces readiness during June’s extended drill

Tech. Sgt. Adam Carder, a firefighter with the 167th Civil Engineering Squadron, checks on Airmen as they don their mission-oriented protective posture gear during chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) defense training at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 12, 2021. The CBRN training was offered in four sessions over the 167th AW’s four-day training assembly held, June 10-13, enabling more than 200 Airmen to meet the expeditionary skills training requirement.

Tech. Sgt. Adam Carder, a firefighter with the 167th Civil Engineering Squadron, checks on Airmen as they don their mission-oriented protective posture gear during chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) defense training at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 12, 2021. The CBRN training was offered in four sessions over the 167th AW’s four-day training assembly held, June 10-13, enabling more than 200 Airmen to meet the expeditionary skills training requirement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Fauver, a services specialist with the 167th Force Support Squadron serves a field lunch to Senior Master Sgt. Rob Fluharty, a human resources advisor with the 167th Airlift Wing, in a single pallet expeditionary kit (SPEK) tent as part of field feeding operations during June’s unit training assembly at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 9, 2021. The SPEK is a mobile, palletized kitchen that is designed to be loaded onto aircraft or vehicles and is able to be assembled by a crew of four in one hour.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Fauver, a services specialist with the 167th Force Support Squadron serves a field lunch to Senior Master Sgt. Rob Fluharty, a human resources advisor with the 167th Airlift Wing, in a single pallet expeditionary kit (SPEK) tent as part of field feeding operations during June’s unit training assembly at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 9, 2021. The SPEK is a mobile, palletized kitchen that is designed to be loaded onto aircraft or vehicles and is able to be assembled by a crew of four in one hour. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Edward Michon).

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Taylor Gray, left and Airman 1st Class Ian Hose, Aircraft fuel systems specialists with the 167th Maintenance Group pull a mannequin from a confined space during an exercise at the 167th Air National Guard Base, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 13, 2021. This simulated environment prepares maintainers and fire fighters to respond to emergency situations like these.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Taylor Gray, left and Airman 1st Class Ian Hose, Aircraft fuel systems specialists with the 167th Maintenance Group pull a mannequin from a confined space during an exercise at the 167th Air National Guard Base, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 13, 2021. This simulated environment prepares maintainers and fire fighters to respond to emergency situations like these. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Sencindiver)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Troy Brawner, 167th Airlift Wing command chief, speaks to Airmen during a Rising Six Council meeting, at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va., June 10, 2021. Wing commander, Col. Marty Timko and Brawner, joined the Airmen during the lunch time meeting discuss their vision for the council and to listen to Airmen concerns. The Rising Six Council is comprised of Airmen in the ranks of E-1 through E-6.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Troy Brawner, 167th Airlift Wing command chief, speaks to Airmen during a Rising Six Council meeting, at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va., June 10, 2021. Wing commander, Col. Marty Timko and Brawner, joined the Airmen during the lunch time meeting discuss their vision for the council and to listen to Airmen concerns. The Rising Six Council is comprised of Airmen in the ranks of E-1 through E-6. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mark Snyder, right, 167th Airlift Wing loadmaster, tosses a bag of kettle corn to Capt. Clinton Dunham, a 167th personnel officer assigned to the equal opportunity office, who was manning a wellness resources tent as part of the wing’s unit training assembly activities at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 12, 2021. The 167th AW Chiefs’ Council prepared the kettle corn that was handed out by the Wing Care Team at a tent set up in front of the wing dining facility to help make Airmen aware of the wellness resources available to them.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mark Snyder, right, 167th Airlift Wing loadmaster, tosses a bag of kettle corn to Capt. Clinton Dunham, a 167th personnel officer assigned to the equal opportunity office, who was manning a wellness resources tent as part of the wing’s unit training assembly activities at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 12, 2021. The 167th AW Chiefs’ Council prepared the kettle corn that was handed out by the Wing Care Team at a tent set up in front of the wing dining facility to help make Airmen aware of the wellness resources available to them. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Civil Air Patrol Capt. Armando Tirado, public affairs officer for the Martinsburg Composite Squadron, delivers a presentation about CAP to 167th Airlift Wing leadership, at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va., June 11, 2021. Tirado explained CAP history and capabilities and followed with discussions on ways the wing a

U.S. Civil Air Patrol Capt. Armando Tirado, public affairs officer for the Martinsburg Composite Squadron, delivers a presentation about CAP to 167th Airlift Wing leadership, at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va., June 11, 2021. Tirado explained CAP history and capabilities and followed with discussions on ways the wing and the squadron could support each other in upcoming endeavors. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

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            The 167th Airlift Wing conducted an annual four-day extended drill weekend, June 9-13, with a focus on readiness and training.

            The four-day assembly, instead of the standard two-day weekend, is known as “super drill”, and offers an extended opportunity for wing members to catch up on necessary trainings and provide wing operations support.

            “It allows us to spend more time on stuff that we can only touch on during a regular drill,” said Chief Master Sgt. Troy Brawner, 167th AW command chief. “Everyone is getting their specific training done and that’s very important.”

            The extended drill enabled Airmen to complete expeditionary skills training, meet medical readiness requirements and hone in job-specific skills training to meet the needs of their functions.

            More than 200 Airmen completed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Course.

Airmen also took part in tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) training, a training that replaced self-aid buddy care (SABC).

            The 167th Medical Group conducted CPR and basic lifesaving trainings, along with strengthening the wing’s overall medical readiness.

            According to Chief Master Sgt. Tracie Darby, 167th Medical Group chief, the extended drill period enabled Airmen more time to tend to medical requirements, increasing the wing’s individual medical readiness significantly.

            In addition, aircrew flight equipment (AFE) specialists provided combat and water survival training, courses that are required for the aircrew once every three years. More than 30 members from the 167th Operations Group completed these specific trainings over the extended drill.

            “All throughout COVID, we kept launching the mission and getting the job done every day,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Effland, 167th Aircrew Flight Equipment chief. “But super drill kept continuity for training our members.”

            Even though the extended drill period focused on readiness and training, other events were hosted to strengthen wing morale.

            Cookouts, catered lunches and bags of kettle corn were provided, while team-building exercises such as volleyball and corn hole were conducted in groups to drive comradery throughout the base.

            “Bringing people together for four days like this does help with morale,” said Brawner. “It lets you get to know your folks a little bit better. I look forward to it every year.”

            This year’s extended drill at the base saw nearly full staffing, unlike last year’s assembly which was affected by COVID-19 and social distancing policies that limited base personnel capacities.

            “It’s really great to have everyone back,” said Darby. “Being able to celebrate that at the end of a drill and being able to appreciate one another, I appreciate that.”

            June’s extended drill at the 167th proved successful in demonstrating the wing’s obligation to mission readiness, development of unit cohesiveness and commitment to our Total Force.