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Are you ready?

The News Journal · March 31, 2009

Tech Sgt. Syreeta Grasty sorts luggage belonging to her fellow Delaware Air National Guard airmen on Monday before the group heads to Alpena Air National Guard Base in Alpena, Mich. Once in Alpena, the Delaware airmen will work side-by-side with more than three hundred fellow airmen from the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard based in Channel Islands, Calif. Members will work day and night shifts to test their ability to defend the base and keep flying the C-130 transport aircraft, the units' main weapons system. "This is all about readiness," 166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Jonathan Groff said. "This [Operation Readiness Inspection] is an opportunity for the Air Force Inspector General team to test our capabilities to deploy to a distant location, survive and operate in a simulated chemical warfare environment, and employ back home. It validates to Air Force Combatant Commanders that we are capable of doing our job effectively."