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POLAR FORCE: 477th Fighter Group tests combat readiness alongside TFI partners

Staff Sgt. Robert Collier, 477th FG and Senior Airman Danielle Selisker 477th FSS, conduct a Post Attack Reconnisance sweep around the 477th FG headquarters during Polar Force 13-3. The 477th FG along with the National Guard 176th Wing and the active duty 3rd Wing and 673rd Air Base Wing particpated in the operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy April 5-8. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Staff Sgt. Robert Collier, 477th FG and Senior Airman Danielle Selisker 477th FSS, conduct a Post Attack Reconnisance sweep around the 477th FG headquarters during Polar Force 13-3. The 477th FG along with the National Guard 176th Wing and the active duty 3rd Wing and 673rd Air Base Wing particpated in the operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy April 5-8. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Senior Airman Noel Magcalas, 477th FSS, takes cover during a simulated mortar during Polar Force 13-3. Polar Force is an operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve/Capt. Ashley Conner)

Senior Airman Noel Magcalas, 477th FSS, takes cover during a simulated mortar during Polar Force 13-3. Polar Force is an operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve/Capt. Ashley Conner)

Tech. Sgt. John Harris applies self aid buddy care techniques to Maj. Brett Bakner's simulated injuries during Polar Force 13-3. Harris and Bakner are both assigned to the 477th FG, Alaska's only Reserve unit. The 477th FG along with the Air National Guard 176th Wing and active duty 3rd Wing and 673rd Air Base Wing participated 
in the operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Tech. Sgt. John Harris applies self aid buddy care techniques to Maj. Brett Bakner's simulated injuries during Polar Force 13-3. Harris and Bakner are both assigned to the 477th FG, Alaska's only Reserve unit. The 477th FG along with the Air National Guard 176th Wing and active duty 3rd Wing and 673rd Air Base Wing participated in the operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Maj. Steve Lee, 477th Force Support Squadron commander, takes accountability of his Airmen during Polar Force 13-3.  Polar Force is an operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/ Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Maj. Steve Lee, 477th Force Support Squadron commander, takes accountability of his Airmen during Polar Force 13-3. Polar Force is an operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/ Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The 477th Fighter Group participated in Polar Force 13-3, a two-phase operational readiness exercise designed to test the unit's ability to deploy on short notice as well as to operate and survive in a wartime environment.

The exercise was part of the unit's normally scheduled training plan. Phase one tests the unit's ability to respond to a short notice tasking, prepare aircraft, equipment and personnel to deploy to a simulated hostile location. Phase two tests the unit's ability to survive in a simulated combat environment.

"This exercise provided a great opportunity for our operations, maintenance and support personnel to exercise their deployment capability," said Col. Tyler Otten 477th FG commander. "While our pilots and maintainers have exercised with the active duty's 3rd Wing before, this was the first time the 477th FG support personnel have participated. It showed us what areas we need to work, but also showed us how much we have accomplished since the group was activated."

This is the first time that the Air Force Reserve 477th Fighter Group has fully participated alongside the Active Duty 673rd Air Base Wing and 3rd Wing as well the Air National Guard 176th Wing, demonstrating Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's commitment to Total Force Integration.

Throughout the exercise Airmen responded to simulated attacks and scenarios designed to test their ability to survive and operate under the stressful conditions of a hostile environment. These simulated attacks range from conventional or chemical attacks delivered by missiles, mortars, rockets, small arms fire as well as improvised explosive devices. Airmen are evaluated on their ability respond to each simulated situation and keep a combat focus as they continue to execute the mission.