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126th ARW Nuclear Operations Response Exercise starts Friday

Posted 4/6/2011   Updated 4/6/2011 Email story   Print story


by Capt. Brandon Cyr
906th Air Refueling Squadron

4/6/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- "Anytime, Anywhere!" That's the motto of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, with a primary mission to provide air refueling support to U.S. and allied nation military forces both home and abroad.

Located at Scott Air Force Base, the 126th ARW flies around the clock in support of global contingency operations. Although not a readily apparent aspect of their mission, supporting the global nuclear enterprise plays a critical role to national defense--one that requires rapid precision response by the highly trained men and women of the 126th ARW.

Staying trained and ready to respond to nuclear operations is a top priority, and that's why Friday through Sunday the 126th ARW will be conducting an intense nuclear operations exercise. While there is no direct involvement to individuals on the base who are not a part of the 126th ARW, everyone plays an important role.

During exercises or real-world operations, the base populous should be aware of, and stop or pull over for, fast-moving government vehicles with flashing lights and allow them to proceed without interruption. These vehicles don't have sirens, but they do have horns and yellow flashing beacons and they should be treated as if they were an emergency response vehicle (ambulance, police, fire). Because safety is always a concern, you can help out by avoiding the intersection of Golf Course Road and Pryor Drive and the immediate areas surrounding it during the upcoming exercise dates. If unable to avoid, proceed with extreme caution.

April 8-10 marks a vital training exercise for the 126th ARW allowing them to truly deliver on their "anytime, anywhere" promise, and with everyone's help and awareness, they can accomplish this high-priority mission safely and effectively.

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