Skip to comments.Hollomanís ORE produces record number of F-22 launches
Posted on 03/02/2012 9:10:24 PM PST by U-238
Members of Team Holloman participated in a Phase One Operational Readiness Exercise, which tested Holloman's ability to prepare and mobilize from peacetime to wartime at a moment's notice, Feb. 27 to Feb. 29.
The ORE culminated in the launching of 15 F-22 Raptors, a record number for Holloman.
"The significance of any Phase One ORE is to ensure the base is going through its practices and procedures to ensure readiness if called upon to rapidly deploy anywhere around the world," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Max Vollkommer, 49th Wing chief of plans and inspections.
During the three-day exercise, Holloman's airmen participated in various deployment taskings ranging from mobility bag processing to aircraft generation to test the base's real-world deployment readiness. Further testing Airmen, the base's external threat levels varied throughout the ORE, requiring adjustments to the local force protection conditions.
Though the ORE was intended to test the base's deployment readiness, Team Holloman is always prepared to answer the real-world call of duty.
"I think the Airmen are always ready to deploy," said Vollkommer. "It's just important to keep the practices and procedures on the forefront of their minds so that those skills don't atrophy to the point where the deploying Airmen are lost."
ORE evaluators examined command and control operations; deployment processing of personnel and cargo; aircraft generation, deployment and regeneration; information operations and other various areas within force protection.
Upon conclusion, the exercise was successful in proving Holloman's deployment competence.
"I'm really proud of the efforts everyone made in this exercise," said Col. David Krumm, 49th Wing commander. "People were safe, effective, and they got their jobs done. It's humbling to see, as the commander, that these guys know what they're doing, and it's a real joy to be a part of that."
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The old 49th fighter group from south pacific days of WW2.I have one of the p-40s they flew in new guinea in 43.Neat history on that group.
Can they breath well in the cockpit?
The USAF is probably checking it out
I am willing to bet they keeping a close eye on that.
Thanks for posting this article.
In the old days in SAC we called this kind of exercise an ORI (Operational Readiness Inspection) and it was always a big deal for everyone involved.
You are welcome. Now they call it an Acceptance Operational Testing.
You are welcome. It must have been grueling. There is this movie called “Gathering of Eagles” that touches on this. How big were the inspection teams?
ORE’s are the practice run ups to the official ORI’s. My unit is running several ORE’s right now in a run up to the big show later this year. It allows us to see where we are lacking in skill sets and adjust accordingly in our training and equipment before the Inspector General arrives and scores it for real.
Apparently, the new thing on the active duty side is no notice ORE’s, the IG inspectors show up out of the blue and say, you go to war tomorrow, get ready. That’s what this sounds like.
ORE’s are just as big a deal, but usually with fewer requirements, or simplified objectives.
How was the breathing out there? Did they keep under 10,000 feet to avoid hypoxia?
I don’t know.
Only if they add an ‘e’. Otherwise it is impossible to breathe.
Cool, for $200,000,000 you get an airplane that not only looks neat, it flies as well. I wonder how many stayed on the ground from equipment failures? I’d rather that we nor our enemies know the answer to that question.
And the F-35 costs? Who knows?
Yes, every ORI was grueling.
The movie Gathering of Eagles is very accurate. About a dozen of us aircrew members saw it when it first came out. As we were walking away from the theater, one guy asked, “Doesn’t everybody?”
The ORI teams were about 30 men from headquarters.
Thanks for explaining the difference between an ORE and an ORI. We didn’t have ORE’s — ORI’s were always no-notice.
As I just learned, an ORE is a practice run for an ORI.
I think no notice ORI’s had fallen out of favor when SAC went away. But now they are back, or maybe it’s just a difference between active duty and Guard and reserve. Our ORI’s are more regularly scheduled, and you’re very welcome, thanks for your service in the cold war.
Thanks for the explanation, and thanks for your service.