Thank you Team Moody for your outstanding performance during the ORE

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  • By Col. Kenneth Todorov
  • 23rd Wing Commander

Flying Tiger Warriors,

I want to extend my personal thanks to each of you for your participation in Exercise Flying Tiger 08-11.

During the Phase I portion we deployed over 300 personnel, 300+ tons of cargo, four real-world A-10C Thunderbolt II aircrafts for Operation Enduring Freedom, and one real-world HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to support the Space Shuttle launch. 

Our processes and functional areas continue to improve, increasing our ability to deploy our Airmen around the globe. 

While there are a lot of positive takeaways, there is room for improvement. Our command and control/information flow, ability to generate aircraft, and deployment processing all need to be refined; all are essential elements of projecting our unique combination of "Attack-Rescue-Protect" anywhere/anytime. Overall, we met our Phase I training objectives and learned a lot.

The Phase II exercise learning curve was especially steep, but you succeeded there as well. 

Our wing as we know it did not exist the last time Moody had an Air Combat Command employment exercise more than 9 years ago. We started from scratch, with a building block approach to develop wartime combat skills in every Airman. 

Over the course of the week you made great strides in your Ability to Survive and Operate skills, command and control, and ability to generate aircraft for combat missions. Capture the lessons you have learned this week because our next Phase II exercise in February will be significantly more challenging.

As always, it's our Airmen (you!) who make the difference. Over the last 10 days, I witnessed example after example of Airmen working hard to learn and accomplish our mission. I want to thank each one of you for your professionalism, expertise, dedication, and phenomenal hard-charging attitude.

Remember...keep your eyes on the target: HQ ACC Phase I Operational Readiness Inspection in Sept. 2009 and Phase II ORI in the spring of 2010.

I am proud to serve with each and every one of you.

Well done Flying Tigers!