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23d Wing participates in Ready Tiger exercise

A photo of an Airman grabbing gear from a bin.

Airman 1st Class Matthew Whisonant, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, grabs gear from a bin before a readiness exercise Jan. 29, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Mission Support Group prepared personnel and equipment for movement to a simulated downrange location. The 4-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hayden Legg)

Photo of an Airman verifying a checklist

Airman 1st Class Calvin Newvine, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, verifies a checklist during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Mission Support Group prepared personnel and equipment for movement to a simulated downrange location. The 4-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of Airmen preparing to weigh cargo

Airmen assigned to the 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare to weigh cargo during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Mission Support Group prepared personnel and equipment for movement to a simulated downrange location. The 4-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman measuring the height of cargo

Airman 1st Class Joshua Abisia, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron load crew augmentee, measures the height of cargo during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Mission Support Group prepared personnel and equipment for movement to a simulated downrange location. The 4-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman weighing cargo

Airman 1st Class Joshua Abisia, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron load crew augmentee, weighs cargo during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Mission Support Group prepared personnel and equipment for movement to a simulated downrange location. The 4-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

A photo of an Airman inspecting an aircraft

Airman 1st Class Isaiah Aleman, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects an A-10C Thunderbolt II during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 23d Fighter Group generated combat sorties to a simulated downrange location. The four-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody's readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hayden Legg)

A photo of three aircraft in a row.

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 23d Fighter Group taxi onto the runway during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021 at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d AMXS and 23d Fighter Group generated combat sorties to a simulated downrange location. The four-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Crampton)

A photo of an aircraft taking off.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II takes off during a readiness exercise Feb. 3, 2021 at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d AMXS and 23d Fighter Group generated combat sorties to a simulated downrange location. The four-day exercise, Ready Tiger, tests Team Moody’s readiness by evaluating the preparation of aircraft, operations and maintenance units at home station to achieve an alert status in preparation for Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Crampton)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 23d Wing participated in Ready Tiger exercise Feb. 1-3, here.

Ready Tiger is a readiness exercise that tests the 23d Wing’s ability to generate and prepare combat air power, identify strengths and weaknesses and promote an environment that empowers Airmen and leaders to find solutions to complex problems, in FPCON Charlie.

“In order to maintain its role as a premier force provider and develop its ability to project relevant attack and rescue combat power, the 23d Wing must embrace change with a lethal vengeance,” said Henry “Hank” Santicola, 23d Wing director of inspection and readiness. “A major objective of Ready Tiger was to identify shortfalls and limitations to this new deployment construct so we can do it better next time and increase our capability to meet emerging requirements. Capturing those lessons and developing plans to fix our shortfalls is our focus now.”

Ready Tiger was a new force presentation concept that challenged the 23d Wing to rapidly deploy forces.

Instead of a typical air and pace expeditionary force deployment with months of notice to prepare a single unit, Ready Tiger was a three-week long effort to prepare a large force of multiple aircraft to come up to an alert status, then deploy with short notice.

Coordinating weeks worth of movement in a short period of time can come with a host of new obstacles but, through coordination and teamwork, Ready Tiger participants excelled.

“Maintainers cannot get aircraft ready if they need [Combat Arms Training and Maintenance] training at the same time,” said Santicola. “This required complex coordination between all of the groups on Moody to fully integrate medical processing; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense issue; CATM; and personnel processing, while getting aircraft prepared.”

According to the 23d Maintenance Group commander, Moody Airmen accomplished the exercise objectives.

“[We] generated 32 A-10Cs, four HH-60Gs, all the cargo, and personnel required well within tight timelines and with minimal discrepancies,” said Col. Stephen Harvey, 23d Maintenance Group commander. “MXG crushed it and we did it with help from other agencies."

The Flying Tiger’s work is not complete. Ready Tiger was just the beginning to get us ready for Mosaic Tiger.

 “I expect to see the learning continue. Moody has conducted many small-scale exercises to train, test and adjust concepts. Mosaic Tiger is the first large-scale exercise to validate those exercises,” said Santicola. “Ready Tiger was the deployment from Moody with a short notice to a combat theater. Mosaic Tiger will be the operations that occur in theater.”

Team Moody will continue to implement mission readiness and prepare for the next base exercise, Mosaic Tiger Feb. 22-26, 2021.