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726th ACS conducts deployment training exercise

SrA Jordan Jones, 726th Air Control Squadron, loads equipment onto a Medium Tactical Vehicle July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The cargo is being loaded in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

SrA Jordan Jones, 726th Air Control Squadron, loads equipment onto a Medium Tactical Vehicle July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The cargo is being loaded in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Medium Tactical Vehicles line up in preparation for a 726th Air Control Squadron exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The vehicles are parked ready to leave from MHAFB in a convoy during the exercise. (U.S Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Medium Tactical Vehicles line up in preparation for a 726th Air Control Squadron exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The vehicles are parked ready to leave from MHAFB in a convoy during the exercise. (U.S Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

A Medium Tactical Vehicle travels accross the 726th Air Control Squadron during an exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The MTVs undergo an inspection before they are declaried road worthy for the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

A Medium Tactical Vehicle travels accross the 726th Air Control Squadron during an exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The MTVs undergo an inspection before they are declaried road worthy for the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Airman 1st Class  Nicolas Johnson, 726th Air Control Squadron, inspects a Medium Tactical Vehicle in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. His job is to make sure the weight calculations adhere to standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Airman 1st Class Nicolas Johnson, 726th Air Control Squadron, inspects a Medium Tactical Vehicle in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. His job is to make sure the weight calculations adhere to standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Airman 1st Class Alexis Smith, Airman 1st Class Nicolas Johnson, and Airman 1st Class Joseph Landeros, 726th Air Control Squadron, conduct a weight inspection on a Medium Tactical Vehicle in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountiain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Thier role during the exercise is to make sure the MTVs adhere to all weight regulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Airman 1st Class Alexis Smith, Airman 1st Class Nicolas Johnson, and Airman 1st Class Joseph Landeros, 726th Air Control Squadron, conduct a weight inspection on a Medium Tactical Vehicle in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountiain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Thier role during the exercise is to make sure the MTVs adhere to all weight regulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

A Meduim Tactical Vehicle undergoes a weight inspection in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen make sure the MTVs adhere to weight regulations. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

A Meduim Tactical Vehicle undergoes a weight inspection in preparation for a 726th ACS deployment exercise July 11, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen make sure the MTVs adhere to weight regulations. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Senior Airman Taylor Duggar, 726th Air Control Squadron, strips down tires stores on an Medium Tactical Vehicle July 9, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Cargo placed insdie of MTVs is secured to increase safety during travel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

Senior Airman Taylor Duggar, 726th Air Control Squadron, strips down tires stores on an Medium Tactical Vehicle July 9, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Cargo placed insdie of MTVs is secured to increase safety during travel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyrell Hall)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The 726th Air Control Squadron activated their deployment training exercise July 9, 2019.

The training is in conjunction with MHAFB’s Gunfighter Flag exercise, simulating the operations executed in a deployed location.

During the exercise, 726th Airmen aim to sharpen their skills, increase their mobility, and enhance their readiness to execute their command and control mission down range.

The orders for the exercise were issued July 9, 2019, at which time the 726th ACS began “pack up”, which is the first phase of their process to set up their operations on a simulated Mobile Operating Air Base (MOAB).

This required them to do maintenance on vehicles, inventory, vehicle weight checks, accountability of manning, and secure cargo to be transported on their Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV).

One of the goals for the 726th ACS was to pack up their MTV’s with the shelters, communication systems, tents and tools needed for the exercise and leave for MOAB within 72 hours.

“We’re focused on mobilizing, deploying and employing,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Lopez, 726th ACS director of operations.

Establishing their operating area on the MOAB requires the 726th ACS to conduct security checks, hazard checks, Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear and Explosive materials (CBRNE), and Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) procedures.

Additionally, grounding circuits will be used to enable net communication equipment, radar systems and generators to be set up and remain secure and protected from electrical damage. They’ll also be able to communicate with the various fighter squadrons who are participating in Gunfighter Flag.

“The whole point of the exercise is to increase readiness,” said Lt. Col. Richard Barber, 726th ACS commander. “We want to focus on cultivating those skill sets needed to mobilize our system.”

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