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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Airmen from all 35th Fighter Wing units here will test their ability to deploy personnel and equipment Sunday to Wednesday during the Initial Readiness Response Exercise.

It’s the base’s first IRRE since October and will be the first at Misawa for many airmen and senior leaders new to Misawa, according to officials with 35th Fighter Wing Inspections.

“With the recent summer turnover, about 50 percent of the base’s senior leadership will be working together for the first time during an exercise,” Master Sgt. Shawn Jarnagin, superintendent of mission support inspections, was quoted as saying in a written statement.

Deployment during an IRRE is based on function and priority with “most critical things sent out first,” Jarnagin later said. When logistics planners receive a deployment order, “they start telling them when they need to have personnel and equipment ready for inspection so they can be processed, approved and loaded on an aircraft,” Jarnagin said. “It’s the wing’s and the unit’s responsibility to ensure they meet the assigned timelines.”

The exercise scenarios include generating aircraft to deploy within the Pacific theater, and processing personnel and equipment. Airmen will have their mobility folders and bags inspected, and equipment pallets will be examined to ensure they are packed properly and that all documentation is in order, according to wing inspections officials.

“There will also be a few surprise scenarios thrown in to test the wing’s command and control capabilities,” Jarnagin wrote.

A noncombatant evacuation operation, or NEO, is to be held Monday as part of the exercise to test the wing’s ability to receive and take care of civilians and family members ordered by the State Department to evacuate a forward location. These personnel usually are on station for 12 to 24 hours before being sent to the continental United States or other designated safe zones, officials said.

The base continues to seek volunteers to participate in the NEO to make the scenarios more realistic, according to Jarnagin. To volunteer, call Master Sgt. Kimberley Tobiere at DSN 226-4735.

Base officials said that the exercise could impact some base services. Specific details were unavailable Friday.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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