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Total force readiness implemented in Summer Viking 19-01

Airman 1st Class Devin Riggs, 319th Logistics Readiness ground transportation apprentice, center, displays signs of fatigue and dizziness after being contaminated during a performance and accountability report May 22, 2019, on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Riggs was part of a PAR team during exercise Summer Viking 19-01. His team reacted instantly with self-aid and buddy care, and decontamination efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Devin Riggs, 319th Logistics Readiness ground transportation apprentice, center, displays signs of fatigue and dizziness after being contaminated during a performance and accountability report May 22, 2019, on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Riggs was part of a PAR team during exercise Summer Viking 19-01. His team reacted instantly with self-aid buddy care, and decontamination efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Marcus Ayala, 319th Comptroller Squadron quality assurance manager, takes attendance of airmen participating in an off-base exercise May 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The 4-day Summer Viking 19-01 exercise took place at a nearby Air National Guard Base in Fargo, N.D., and placed participants in a simulated contested environment to practice increased readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Marcus Ayala, 319th Comptroller Squadron quality assurance manager, takes attendance of airmen participating in an off-base exercise May 20, 2019, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The 4-day Summer Viking 19-01 exercise took place at a nearby Air National Guard Base in Fargo, N.D., and placed participants in a simulated contested environment to practice increased readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base airmen work together to unload personal belongings and mission oriented protective posture gear May 20, 2019, to be used during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the National Air Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Participants operated from a simulated contested base, in order to test capabilities and readiness in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base airmen work together to unload personal belongings and mission oriented protective posture gear May 20, 2019, to be used during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the National Air Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Participants operated from a simulated contested base, in order to test capabilities and readiness in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base 319th Force Support Squadron airmen sort through ready-to-eat meals May 20, 2019, prior to exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The readiness exercise focused on preparing and responding to chemical and biological attacks, self-aid and buddy care, and defending a contested base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base 319th Force Support Squadron airmen sort through ready-to-eat meals May 20, 2019, prior to exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The readiness exercise focused on preparing and responding to chemical and biological attacks, self-aid and buddy care, and defending a contested base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Hunter Moore, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems journeyman, left, receives training on how to operate a 10K forklift May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 319th CES and 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron were essential in the set-up of the forward operating base used during the exercise, as they transported all equipment and assisted in erecting the temporary camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Hunter Moore, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems journeyman, left, receives training on how to operate a 10K forklift May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 319th CES and 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron were essential in the set-up of the forward operating base used during the exercise, as they transported all equipment and assisted in erecting the temporary camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

A Grand Forks Air Force Base airman runs across a simulated deployment camp in response to an attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 4-day exercise tested participants’ organizational, expeditionary and readiness skills to better prepare for real deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

A Grand Forks Air Force Base airman runs across a simulated deployment camp in response to an attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 4-day exercise tested participants’ organizational, expeditionary and readiness skills to better prepare for real deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airmen with the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron work together to level out a tilt switch on a precision approach path indicator May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The PAPI, an airfield lighting system, is crucial for all flight lines in order to assist incoming pilots to see which angle to land at. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airmen with the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron work together to level out a tilt switch on a precision approach path indicator May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The PAPI, an airfield lighting system, is crucial for all flight lines in order to assist incoming pilots to see which angle to land at. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airmen with the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron take cover behind a wall in defense of a potential adversary attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Responding to attacks and defending camp was part of the 4-day exercise which focused on increased readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Airmen with the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron take cover behind a wall in defense of a potential adversary attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Responding to attacks and defending camp was part of the 4-day exercise which focused on increased readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Jason Jumonville, 319th logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations section chief, notes the names of injured airmen following a simulated attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 4-day exercise consisted of deploying Grand Forks Air Force Base airmen to a forward operating base, setting up a temporary camp and responding to threats of chemical and biological contamination or adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Jason Jumonville, 319th logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations section chief, notes the names of injured airmen following a simulated attack May 22, 2019, during exercise Summer Viking 19-01 on the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. The 4-day exercise consisted of deploying Grand Forks Air Force Base airmen to a forward operating base, setting up a temporary camp and responding to threats of chemical and biological contamination or adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. Martinez)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Airmen with the 319th Air Base Wing participated in exercise Summer Viking 19-01, a four-day exercise, May 20-23, 2019, at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota.

The exercise focused on increased readiness capabilities; testing participants on their self-aid buddy care, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives training, and general procedural knowledge in a contested area.

Shawn Leach, 319th Air Base Wing inspection team manager, explained the importance of having readiness exercises like Summer Viking.

“It is important for everyone to know how to operate not only in a contested base, but at any type of base,” He began. “It tests the readiness of personnel and procedures, as well as {the) ability to deploy in a location where we wouldn’t have all the necessities.”

Throughout the week participants accomplished and effectively responded to a simulated deployment, breach in base security, and chemical and biological contamination.

Airman 1st Class Devin Riggs, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation apprentice, was one of nearly 100 participants in the readiness exercise. He expressed why Summer Viking was so helpful especially to someone like him, having never deployed before.

“It helps us get an idea of what it might actually be like in a deployed location,” he said. “Everything we did during this exercise applies to real life, which is why I find it helpful.”

The overall exercise was a successful test of Grand Forks Air Force Base’s readiness capabilities, which serve as one of the top priorities across the U.S. Air Force, according to General Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

"Winning in future high-end conflicts depends on which side can command and control forces in a degraded and contested environment, while denying the enemy the ability to do the same,” Wilson stated.