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It's show time, the ORE is upon us

Col. Jay Pittman,
302nd Airlift Wing commander

Col. Jay Pittman, 302nd Airlift Wing commander

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The stage has been set, the players identified, we've rehearsed and now we are ready to proceed. With only two Unit Training Assemblies before our Operational Readiness Exercise, we are now fine tuning our processes and making a detailed review of our individual readiness. It's the attention to every detail and competence in both core duties and ancillary training that will make an important difference in our level of success.

I cannot stress enough the need for each and every one of us to be fully prepared and well-practiced.

-Continue testing yourself. Practice getting into your Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear, and time yourself.

-Continue reviewing your Airman's Manual. Know it well so that if you are pulled by an inspector, you can quickly locate the information you'll be tested on.

-Get clarification from your section supervisors on any questions you may have NOW. Waiting until we are in the exercise or inspection will be too late.

-Work with your unit training monitors to ensure your chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive (CBRNE), Self Aid Buddy Care and Information Awareness Certification are all in good standing and will remain valid during both the ORE and ORI.

-Treat your preparations for the upcoming ORE as if it were the ORI. This is our opportunity to show both Air Force Reserve Command and Air Mobility Command that we are professional, mission ready Citizen Airmen.

-And finally, be sure to communicate with your family and civilian employer. Ensure they understand the additional requirements that are associated with an ORE and ORI. Please express my sincere thanks to them for their understanding and continued support of you and the Air Force Reserve.

Overall, our preparations and progress are on track. Thank you for your efforts and dedication throughout the preparation and soon to come, the execution of these important events.

Bring it on ... we're ready, and I look forward to our team's success!