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Senior Airman Ryan Gramlich, Contamination Control Area personnel, supervises simulated decontamination proceedures during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. When Airmen’s gear is contaminated, they are guided through a series of stations in the CCA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Senior Airman Ryan Gramlich, Contamination Control Area personnel, supervises simulated decontamination proceedures during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. When Airmen’s gear is contaminated, they are guided through a series of stations in the CCA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Jack Pyle and Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, look over operations briefs during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While practicing war-time scenarios, Airmen are tested with a series of injects from Wing Inspection Teams.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Jack Pyle and Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, look over operations briefs during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While practicing war-time scenarios, Airmen are tested with a series of injects from Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Staff Sgt. Chris Palkowetz, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, dons his mission-oriented protective posture gear during Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Firefighters must wear normal chemical gear as well as wearing fire retardant gear when responding to fires in a chemical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Staff Sgt. Chris Palkowetz, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, dons his mission-oriented protective posture gear during Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Firefighters must wear normal chemical gear as well as wearing fire retardant gear when responding to fires in a chemical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Senior Airman Westine Devine, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, stands in full firefighter mission-oriented protective posture gear before operations during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Firefighters must wear normal chemical gear as well as fire retardant gear when responding to fires in a chemical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Senior Airman Westine Devine, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, stands in full firefighter mission-oriented protective posture gear before operations during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Firefighters must wear normal chemical gear as well as fire retardant gear when responding to fires in a chemical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, practices donning his chemical gear during the weeklong Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, practices donning his chemical gear during the weeklong Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, practices removing his chemical gear during the weeklong Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While practicing war-time scenarios, Airmen are tested with a series of injects from Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Tech. Sgt. Kurt Trauch, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, practices removing his chemical gear during the weeklong Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While practicing war-time scenarios, Airmen are tested with a series of injects from Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Senior Airman Westine Devine, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, reads an operational manual during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the exercise, Airmen are expected to respond quickly to scenarios given by Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Senior Airman Westine Devine, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, reads an operational manual during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the exercise, Airmen are expected to respond quickly to scenarios given by Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Airman 1st Class Kristina Hampton, 366th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, sells prepackaged food known as Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, to Airman Andrea Dunphy, 366th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the duration of the exercise, Airmen have the opportunity to purchase MRE’s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Airman 1st Class Kristina Hampton, 366th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, sells prepackaged food known as Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, to Airman Andrea Dunphy, 366th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, during the Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the duration of the exercise, Airmen have the opportunity to purchase MRE’s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Staff Sgt. Carlos Sanders, 366th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, simulates an eye injury during Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen are expected to respond quickly to the scenarios given by the Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

Staff Sgt. Carlos Sanders, 366th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, simulates an eye injury during Sharpshooter 14-02 exercise April 15, 2014, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen are expected to respond quickly to the scenarios given by the Wing Inspection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malissa Lott)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Imagine: The sirens and giant voice announce the defensive postures. You struggle to don your gas mask, and you feel your heart beating out of your chest and the sweat dripping in your eyes. For a moment you are scared that you won't make it.

You feel the pressure of the wing inspection team members, or WITs, as they evaluate you. Knowing you are being tested on your reactions, there is no room for error. So you carry on.

While most Airmen have completed this numerous times throughout their careers, some have never participated in an event such as this. The training they received in Basic Military Training is not nearly as strenuous as working at home station.

On top of the stress of the different defensive measures they must know, they also have a real world job they are required to accomplish all the while under simulated protective postures. WITs devise several scenarios for Airmen, and grade them on their performance.

"My role as the group chief is to coordinate all exercise injects for the nine Fighter Wing Staff agencies who participate in exercises," said Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent. "This is a mission I take to heart, my job is to ensure photojournalists and broadcasters are fully prepared to execute both an advisory and combat camera role in any kinetic environment."

During the mission, Airmen quickly react to the scenarios to the best of their abilities. Even when the task is foreign to them, they trust their knowledge and training. Pushing through and using their resiliency, they work to move the mission along.

"I'm looking for compliance, but, more than that, I'm looking for common sense and understanding the situation," said Wallace. "The idea that Airmen will always operate at a location with bunkers and run from incoming fire is very foreign and unrealistic to me. When fired upon, I'd like to see Airmen ready to pick up their rifle and fight back. Taking a life may be hard to do, believe me when I say I understand that notion."

"Our job is to prepare for a deployment situation [such as] a possible chemical and biological weapons attack," said Airman 1st Class Austyn McNeil, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist. "We might have to get into mission oriented protective posture gear very fast."

With new Gunfighters getting into the deployment mindset, they quickly react to stressful situations thrown at them.

"When they jumped into action, I saw someone pull out their Airman's Manual," said Master Sgt. Judy Payne, 366th Fighter Wing Legal Office superintendent.

During exercises such as this, commanders made a point to have their Airmen ready for any situation. Their concern is getting them what they need to complete the mission.

"During the exercise, my focus is to get the maintainers the resources they need to do the job," said Lt. Col. Jeremy Saunders, 366th AMXS commander. "If there is an attack, I need to get them everything they need to turn aircraft and to get them in the air with the proper bombs loaded."

Moving through the countless hours and the grueling workdays, Gunfighters pushed forward.