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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides security while others provide tactical combat casualty care during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 25, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. Military aircrew and ground personnel regularly use Grand Bay Range for tactical air and ground maneuvers and weapons training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides security during a three-day mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 25, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. Military aircrew and ground personnel regularly use Grand Bay Range for tactical air and ground maneuvers and weapons training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Coll, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, secures a GDU-38 practice munition onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 25, 2021. Multi-capable Airmen participated in the 820th Base Defense Group mission readiness exercise to provide security, maintenance, weapon loads, and refuels for four A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Perkinson)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gallagher, 824th Base Defense Squadron squad leader, provides security at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 25, 2021. The 824th BDS provided security while an A-10C Thunderbolt II was being refueled and loaded with ammunition during an integrated combat turn. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Perkinson)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Heather Dixon, 824th Base Defense Squadron squad leader, prepares to climb into a light medium tactical vehicle at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 24, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group held a mission readiness exercise to qualify for immediate response force assumption. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Perkinson)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron, exit an HC-130J Combat King II at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 24, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group used the C-130 to accommodate the 824th BDS Airmen and all of their equipment that will last them approximately 72 hours in a simulated contingency location for a mission readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Perkinson)

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A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk with the 41st Rescue Squadron flies away after receiving casualties during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group MRX integrated with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk with the 41st Rescue Squadron takes off while security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides security during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group MRX integrated with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the RQS’s provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron looks through a medical bag during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. Scenarios included integration with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides tactical combat casualty care during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron gets sprayed with fake blood during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided combat search and rescue and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk with the 41st Rescue Squadron flies overhead during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group MRX integrated with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk with the 41st Rescue Squadron flies through the sky during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group MRX integrated with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron fires blank rounds at opposing forces during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group and 23rd Wing Airmen worked together as a team during a mission readiness exercise held at Grand Bay Range and Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 23-26, with the agile combat employment concept being at the forefront. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Kelly, a 41st Rescue Squadron flight engineer, talks to 41st RQS aircrew members during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. During the exercise, scenarios were being played out that included integration with the 38th and 41st Rescue Squadrons conducting combat search and rescue. On the final day, the 347th Rescue Group provided CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack in the training combat zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides security during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. Scenarios included deescalating concerned civilian crowds, engaging in fire fights with opposition forces and calling in a medevac request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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A U.S. Air Force security forces member assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron provides security during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 26, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations that they may experience during a deployment. Scenarios included de-escalating concerned civilian crowds, engaging in fire fights with opposition forces and calling in a medevac request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron and pararescuemen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron work together to provide tactical combat casualty care during a three-day mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 25, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group conducted the MRX at Grand Bay Range and Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida. This exercise helped validate the BDS’s capabilities and allowed the 38th RQS pararescuemen to get critical upgrade training while strengthening interagency inoperability amongst the squadrons. Military Aircrew and ground personnel regularly use Grand Bay Range for tactical air and ground maneuvers and weapons training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron and pararescuemen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron work together to provide tactical combat casualty care during a three-day mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 25, 2021. The 820th Base Defense Group conducted an MRX at Grand Bay Range and Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida. This exercise helped validate the BDS’s capabilities and allowed the 38th RQS pararescuemen to get critical upgrade training while strengthening interagency inoperability among the squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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U.S. Air Force security forces members assigned to the 824th Base Defense Squadron converse during a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Aug. 25, 2021. The exercise tested 820th Base Defense Group members on their ability to react to situations they may experience during a deployment. Military aircrew and ground personnel regularly use Grand Bay Range for tactical air and ground maneuvers and weapons training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 820th Base Defense Group conducted a mission readiness exercise at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range near Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, Aug. 23-27.

The exercise tested the 824th Base Defense Squadron members on their ability to execute tactics, techniques and procedures in preparation for potential real-world situations. Factoring in the agile combat employment concept, the 824th BDS focused on speed and efficiency for a lighter and leaner footprint down range.

“This mission readiness exercise is the first time we’ve had a team stationed at Moody and a team down at Avon Park,” said Senior Airman Scott Lemaster, 820th Combat Operations Squadron training instructor. “We’re getting everyone ready for when they go on immediate response force status where they can deploy within days.”

What separated this exercise from previous MRXs was the integration between 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing assets and the 23rd Wing’s multi-capable Airmen. These Airmen filled many roles - from securing assets to loading munitions onto A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft.

“We had the 23rd Wing multi-capable Airmen come with us from Moody,” Lemaster said as one of the exercise evaluators. “They’re performing integrated combat turns while we, (the 824th BDS) secure the flight line. That’s great practice for air base defense which is what we’re going to do when we deploy, so getting that practice and those repetitions in is really helpful.”

Similar exercises have been conducted in the past with simulated assets to protect. However, conducting training with real assets provided a realistic edge and added an extra challenge for the Airmen.

Lemaster said each scenario was designed to test every individual by pitting them against de-escalation scenarios, fire fights and more.

While Airmen navigated the challenges at Avon Park, additional scenarios broke out at Grand Bay Range, integrating the 824th BDS with the 38th Rescue Squadron and 41st Rescue Squadron to conduct combat search and rescue. On the final day, the RQSs provided dedicated CSAR and casualty evacuations following a simulated attack.

“If we deploy as a lead wing, then it’s very likely we will be working in concert with each other in a combat capacity,” said 1st Lt. Brian Ayers, 38th Rescue Squadron assistant flight commander, Silver Flight. “Our missions complement each other in more ways than not. The more lessons we learn during peace could pay dividends later in combat.”

Overall, the exercise helped validate the 820th BDG’s capabilities and allowed the 38th RQS pararescuemen to get critical upgrade training while strengthening interagency operability between the units.