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Deployment exercise tests mission readiness

Senior Airman Xeng Xiong, 81st Force Support Squadron technician, receives mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Senior Airman Xeng Xiong, 81st Force Support Squadron technician, receives mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Medical logistics technicians from the 81st Medical Support Squadron logistics technicians tighten cargo straps at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Medical logistics technicians from the 81st Medical Support Squadron logistics technicians tighten cargo straps at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, guides Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st LRS vehicle maintainer, as he transports cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, guides Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st LRS vehicle maintainer, as he transports cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman Brenda Prudencio, 81st Force Support Squadron customer support technician, verifies deployment eligibility at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman Brenda Prudencio, 81st Force Support Squadron customer support technician, verifies deployment eligibility at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Ron Hartley, Base Operations Support supply technician, issues mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Ron Hartley, Base Operations Support supply technician, issues mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, provides direction to a forklift operator at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, provides direction to a forklift operator at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer, removes cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer, removes cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel receive mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel receive mobility bag items at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class John Steen, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, receives his mobility bag items from Roderick Harris, Base Operations Support supply technician, at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class John Steen, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, receives his mobility bag items from Roderick Harris, Base Operations Support supply technician, at the supply warehouse during a deployment exercise Dec. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A cargo In check point sign sits at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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A cargo In check point sign sits at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Senior Airman Mikhail Gordon, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, removes cargo straps at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Senior Airman Mikhail Gordon, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, removes cargo straps at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Medical logistics technicians from the 81st Medical Support Squadron participate in a deployment exercise at the supply warehouse loading docks Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Medical logistics technicians from the 81st Medical Support Squadron participate in a deployment exercise at the supply warehouse loading docks Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, provides direction to Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st LRS vehicle maintainer, as he transports cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Staff Sgt. Junior Avilma, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, provides direction to Airman 1st Class David Whatley, 81st LRS vehicle maintainer, as he transports cargo at the supply warehouse loading docks during a deployment exercise Dec. 7, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The exercise scenario tested the mission readiness of Team Keesler for simultaneous world-wide deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Team Keesler tested its ability to maintain mission readiness with a deployment exercise here, Dec. 2-9, 2016.

This base-wide exercise simulated a short-notice deployment for its defense chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive reactionary force team.

“The 81st Medical Group was tasked to provide medical support in response to a Defense CBRNE incident for this exercise,” said Staff Sgt. Jason McClean, 81st Medical Support Squadron medical war reserve material NCO in charge. “The role of the 81st MDG was to showcase our ability to meticulously maintain our war reserve materiel assets and to show that we're capable of assembling and preparing our cargo for deployment when called upon.”

The 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron also played a large role in the exercise by effectively coming together to deploy people and cargo.

“We at LRS are the deployment machine,” said Lt. Col. Melissa Harrison, 81st LRS commander. “We had four planes which had to be loaded with 125 passengers and 52 tons of cargo and the way we judge success is if the planes depart on time and if everybody went to their deployed location with all the required equipment they need. So, by those standards, we did very well.”

Although Keesler is a training base, these types of exercises are pertinent to the many Keesler personnel who can be tasked to deploy at a moment’s notice.

“Exercises like these are always important because they provide us with a platform to practice and improve in areas of our job description that we're rarely given the opportunity to execute,” said McClean. “It's an opportunity to identify our weak points and correct them, so that we're capable of executing them flawlessly in a real world situation.”