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Airmen take part in Beverly Midnight exercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea

Airman 1st Class Brandon Lewis maintains watch with his weapon as he wears his Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suit on Jan. 16, 2013, during the Beverly Midnight excercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Lewis sat atop of his position for 12 hours while enduring snow and freezing temperatures during the exercise, which tests airmen's ability to survive and operate in a war-time environment.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 17, 2013

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Throughout the year, U.S. servicemembers in South Korea holds exercises to help them keep their skills sharp and test their ability to respond to crises at a moment’s notice.

This week, airmen from Osan donned their Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits during Beverly Midnight Exercise 2013. The exercise allows leaders to evaulate the troops’ ability to survive and operate in a war-time environment. The training also tests the airmen’s ability to plan and execute an exercise.

Airmen are evaluated every quarter on their skills to survive and operate in a wartime environment, as well as defend the base, execute combat operations and receive follow-on forces, according to an Air Force news release.

Airmen at Osan Air Base seek protection from a simulated chemical weapons attack during the Beverly Midnight excercise Jan. 16, 2013, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The airmen, who were protecting a building donned full Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits with protective mask throughout the exercise.
Armando Limon/Stars and Stripes

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