August readiness exercise to evaluate preparedness

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  • By 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials here will conduct a readiness exercise in August to test the base’s ability to prepare personnel to deploy and to execute their missions in a simulated environment.

“The goal of this exercise is to assess wartime skills at a more stressful tempo and to validate unit processes,” said Maj. Pierre LaPlume, director of Wing Inspections here.

According to LaPlume, while there will be no closures to customer service functions, it is anticipated there will be impacts to service in the Military Personnel Flight and 66th Comptroller Squadron on Friday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 21. Other delays may take place Aug. 18, 21 and 23 in the 66th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s equipment issue section.

Personnel can expect minimal disruptions to other activities on the installation.

Officials emphasize safety to all involved in any exercise, and if any real-world emergency takes place, the exercise will be stopped immediately.

“Our focus is on creating a realistic environment where our personnel can effectively practice their skills while minimizing risks,” LaPlume said, adding that all WIT members can stop an event  if safety is compromised.

Wing Inspection Team members will monitor all scenarios and will be identifiable by blue vests.

For questions or concerns prior to the exercise, base personnel should contact Hanscom’s Inspector General Office at