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Readiness exercise underway at New Castle Air National Guard Base

A C-130 H2 transport aircraft takes off on Sept. 9, 2013 to simulate flying to a forward operating base during a readiness exercise involving about 350 wing personnel at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. Members of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard will simulate base defense while launching actual aircraft missions. The initial response phase of the exercise is Sept. 9, followed by a simulated "war" on Sept. 10. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

A C-130 H2 transport aircraft takes off on Sept. 9, 2013 to simulate flying to a forward operating base during a readiness exercise involving about 350 wing personnel at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. Members of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard will simulate base defense while launching actual aircraft missions. The initial response phase of the exercise is Sept. 9, followed by a simulated "war" on Sept. 10. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

Members of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard board a C-130 H2 transport aircraft which is simulating flying to a forward operating base at daybreak on Sept. 9, 2013 during a readiness exercise involving about 350 wing personnel at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. Wing Airmen will simulate base defense while launching actual aircraft missions. The initial response phase of the exercise is Sept. 9, followed by a simulated "war" on Sept. 10. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)

Members of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard board a C-130 H2 transport aircraft which is simulating flying to a forward operating base at daybreak on Sept. 9, 2013 during a readiness exercise involving about 350 wing personnel at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. Wing Airmen will simulate base defense while launching actual aircraft missions. The initial response phase of the exercise is Sept. 9, followed by a simulated "war" on Sept. 10. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith)