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Accelerating Readiness in the Pacific: Reservists sharpen their skills during inaugural exercise in Hawaii

Lt. Col. Rudoph Bartley, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron commander (CES), briefs Reserve Citizen Airmen on teamwork, safety and a positive attitude while at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 10, 2021.

Lt. Col. Rudolph Bartley, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, briefs Reserve Citizen Airmen on teamwork, safety and a positive attitude during Pacific Warriorz 2021. (James M. Bowman)

Lt. Col. Anjanette Lowe and Chief Master Sgt. James Kenwolf, 48th Aerial Port Squadron leadership, are briefed by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Whitelaw on the different locations APS personnel will be located during a Total Force Integration and Joint Training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii June 13, 2021.

Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Whitelaw briefs Lt. Col. Anjanette Lowe and Chief Master Sgt. James Kenwolf, 48th Aerial Port Squadron, on the different locations APS personnel will be located during the exercise. (James Bowman)

1st Lt. Rylyn Kinoshita and Staff. Sgt. Ebony Davis, 624th Regional Support Group Reserve Citizen Airmen trained on medical scenarios in the blood lab during Pacific Warriorz 2021 which is a Total Force Integration and Joint Training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii June 11, 2021.

1st Lt. Rylyn Kinoshita and Staff. Sgt. Ebony Davis, 624th Regional Support Group Reserve Citizen Airmen, train on medical scenarios in the blood lab during Pacific Warriorz 2021. The blood lab allows technicians to treat injuries with fake blood, loud sounds and fog, simulating a combat environment. (James Bowman)

Staff Sgt. Veleeca Conley signs for chemical gear that was issued to her by Airman 1st Class Darlene Ibarra during Pacific Warriorz 2021 (PWZ-21). PWZ-21 is a Total Force Integration and Joint Training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii June 12, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Veleeca Conley signs for chemical gear that was issued to her by Airman 1st Class Darlene Ibarra. Both Conley and Ibarra are Reserve Citizen Airmen assigned to the 624th Regional Support Group. (James Bowman)

Tech Sgt. Joshua Hayworth, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron is one of a four man team who carries a litter during a Total Force Integration and Joint training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii June 11, 2021. The leader ensures that all of the bearers act in unison by using preparatory commands.

Tech Sgt. Joshua Hayworth, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, is part of a four-person team carrying a litter during the exercise. (James Bowman)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Regional Support Group trained on medical scenarios in the blood lab during Pacific Warriorz 2021 which is a Total Force Integration and Joint Training exercise at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii June 11, 2021. The blood lab allows technicians to treat injuries with fake blood, loud sounds and fog which simulates a combat environment.

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Regional Support Group train on medical scenarios in the blood lab. (James Bowman)

More than 300 Reserve Citizen Airmen teamed with their Guard and active-duty counterparts to sharpen their skills during the inaugural Pacific Warriorz exercise at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii, this summer.

Reservists from the 624th Regional Support Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, participated in PWZ-21 and conducted their own local readiness exercise in June. The readiness exercise tested the group’s ability to deploy and employ its Airmen. PWZ-21 provided vital readiness training in the areas of tactical combat casualty care, land navigation, troop leading procedures, convoy operations, radio usage/etiquette, base defense and casualty evacuation loading procedures, among other skills.

“We all came together to create this opportunity to get in front and teach our skills,” said Capt. John Penaranda, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness Flight commander. “Going forward, we want our teams to know they can rely on their fellow Airmen from across the 624th RSG. Regardless of their AFSC, when our Airmen meet on a contingency operation, they should be able to say ‘I trained alongside you during PWZ-21. I know your strengths and can count on you.’ Ultimately, we want to create a team of resilient, multi-capable Airmen who can operate independently to generate missions and project power.”

The PWZ exercise tested the group’s ability to train and implement the war-fighting concepts of Agile Combat Employment and Multi-Capable Airmen while working in an austere environment.

Agile Combat Employment challenges Airmen in smaller groups to establish base operations under extreme conditions quickly and efficiently. From putting boots on the ground to evacuating on short notice, the training provided Airmen skills and abilities that crossed standard job lanes, increasing survivability and adaptability in contingency operations.

“PWZ-21 presented many challenges and unforeseen variables,” said Master Sgt. Darren Clemen, 624th CES. “In typical Air Force fashion, the Airmen were quick to adapt and generate solutions which ultimately led to a very successful event. These types of training events are tremendous in preparing our Airmen and building those relationships across our Total Force. I am looking forward to PWZ-22.” #ReserveReady

(Topasna is assigned to the 624th Regional Support Group’s public affairs office.)