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Anti-Terrorism Exercise Heightens 145th Airlift Wing Awareness

U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas W. Brown, Jr., 145th Airlift Wing, Air Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Miles K. Harkey, commander, 145th Operations Support Squadron and 1st Lt. Michael V. Nix, 145th Maintenance Squadron, all members of the Wing Inspection Team (WIT), review the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) prior to the Anti-Terrorism Exercise held Nov. 1, 2014, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. The annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulated a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the air base. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated search and recovery procedures. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas W. Brown, Jr., 145th Airlift Wing, Air Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Miles K. Harkey, commander, 145th Operations Support Squadron and 1st Lt. Michael V. Nix, 145th Maintenance Squadron, all members of the Wing Inspection Team (WIT), review the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) prior to the Anti-Terrorism Exercise held Nov. 1, 2014, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. The annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulated a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the air base. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated search and recovery procedures. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Chambers, 145th Security Forces Squadron, stands vigilant, guarding the perimeter of the base during an Anti-Terrorism Exercise, held Nov 1, 2014, at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. The annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulated a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the air base. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Chambers, 145th Security Forces Squadron, stands vigilant, guarding the perimeter of the base during an Anti-Terrorism Exercise, held Nov 1, 2014, at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. The annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulated a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the air base. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin M. Aycock is briefed by Senior Master Sgt. David Rodriguez, exercise inspector for the 145th Security Forces Squadron, during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. This is the first exercise of this magnitude for Aycock who has been stationed in the Air Guard since 2012. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin M. Aycock is briefed by Senior Master Sgt. David Rodriguez, exercise inspector for the 145th Security Forces Squadron, during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. This is the first exercise of this magnitude for Aycock who has been stationed in the Air Guard since 2012. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Ross and Tech. Sgt. Adam Ryerson, firefighters for the 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, put on protective gear during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise.  As part of the exercise, a simulated car bomb detonated inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Ross and Tech. Sgt. Adam Ryerson, firefighters for the 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, put on protective gear during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise. As part of the exercise, a simulated car bomb detonated inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff SSgt’s Brian Campbell and Joseph Upchurch, firefighters for the 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, use a high pressure fire hose to simulate putting out a fire during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff SSgt’s Brian Campbell and Joseph Upchurch, firefighters for the 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, use a high pressure fire hose to simulate putting out a fire during the 145th Airlift Wing’s annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base and tested the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura J. Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force members of the 145th Force Support Squadron, cover a mannequin as part of search and recovery team duties during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The mannequin is used to simulate human remains ejected from the car-bomb detonation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force members of the 145th Force Support Squadron, cover a mannequin as part of search and recovery team duties during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The mannequin is used to simulate human remains ejected from the car-bomb detonation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis McDowell, 145th Force Support Squadron, tags a mannequin representing human remains during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until conclusion of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis McDowell, 145th Force Support Squadron, tags a mannequin representing human remains during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until conclusion of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis McDowell, 145th Force Support Squadron, holds tags used to describe and categorize findings from the search and recovery team during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, the Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until concluding the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis McDowell, 145th Force Support Squadron, holds tags used to describe and categorize findings from the search and recovery team during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, the Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until concluding the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lisa Kirk (center), commander, 145th Force Support Squadron, relays the exercise conclusion radio call to members of the search and recovery team during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until conclusion of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lisa Kirk (center), commander, 145th Force Support Squadron, relays the exercise conclusion radio call to members of the search and recovery team during an annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise simulating a car-bomb detonation inside the perimeter of the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Nov. 1, 2014. The exercise initiated force protection measures across the base, testing the Wing’s ability to respond accordingly. After the car-bomb detonation, Airmen also performed simulated recovery procedures until conclusion of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 145th Airlift Wing went on lock down as Airmen participated in an Anti-Terrorism exercise, Nov. 1, 2014, at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport.

In accordance with Department of Defense policy, this exercise, held annually, is a coordinated event to train all participants and ensure successful coordination is met between the different units on base and agencies off base in an effort to deter terrorist incidents, employ countermeasures and lessen the effects of a terrorist incident.

The 145th Force Support Squadron (FSS) has many supporting roles to the Airmen of the NCANG.  Putting together a Search and Recovery (FSR) team is one of their missions. These FSR members work closely with other units assisting medical examiners and coroners in collecting human remains and personal effects from the scene of the simulated terrorist attack. 

On Saturday afternoon an audible explosion echoed across the base simulating the detonation of a car bomb which breached the base perimeter.

Computer warnings, accountability calls and force protection procedures were initiated, as well as the activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) composed of key leadership personnel.  

"Support and coordination from security and the fire department was wonderful, and our team did an excellent job," said the search and recovery officer, Lt. Col. Lisa Kirk, 145th Force Support Squadron commander.

Chief Master Sgt. Daryl Cook, 145th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Chief, was part of the inspection team reviewing the exercise and part of the EOC. "As a Wing we made great strides and the evaluation went well. We learned some things and can do better," said Cook.

The exercise was conducted to evaluate the response capabilities of the 145th Airlift Wing and to simulate a terrorist event.  It incorporated the response actions of our Initial Response Force, Security Forces, Civil Engineers and the Disaster Response Force (CAT/EOC/UCC) to allow the ability to sustain operations while responding to an incident.

"It's an exercise to evaluate ourselves and make things better. We have to be prepared for any type of contingency, and we're doing our part to be ready," said Cook.

Not only was the wing able to respond to a simulated heightened threat, but they were able to do so while maintaining 100% accountability of their forces and sustaining the wing's daily mission.