Mustangs finish BB 06-03

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan won its "fight" against North Korean forces Nov. 17 as the Beverly Bulldog 06-03 Peninsula Operational Readiness Exercise wrapped up.

The exercise is one of several that takes place every year and involves Airmen from different installations on the peninsula.

"We exercise to ensure we're ready to execute our wartime mission and prove we are 'Ready to Fight Tonight,'" said Col. Brian Smith, 51st Fighter Wing inspector general. "Overall, the base did a good job."

This is the first time the 51st Fighter Wing has held a major exercise in four months, a very long time by Osan standards, he said. There has been a lot of first-time players due to the base's high turnover rate.

"We started out slow for the first few days," Colonel Smith said. "But as we got into day two or three of the exercise, the team really took off and started working well together."

He said the exercise pointed out areas for improvements and it also validated areas in which the base excelled.

One of the major changes seen in this exercise was a smaller amount of augmentees around the base. Brig. Gen. Joe Reynes, 51st Fighter Wing commander, wants to shift the mentality of the base to every Airman is a rifleman.

"The defense of the base is everyone's responsibility, not just that of our great Defenders," he said. "The ultimate goal is for sections to be able to drop what they are doing, pick up weapons to stop intruders, then go back to helping generate sorties.

"As far as the rest of the exercise goes, I'm happy with how it went. I am confident that if we were to actually go to war, we would prove just how efficient and deadly we can be."

For anyone interested in seeing exactly how the base did, the exercise outbrief will be at the base theater Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

The next exercise is scheduled Jan. 21-26, with another exercise every month leading up to the April Operational Readiness Inspection.