F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --
The 90th Missile Wing participated in the Road Warrior exercise Sept. 9-14 at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming. Road Warrior is an exercise to evaluate the effectiveness of convoy operations that occur throughout the missile wings every day.
Practicing their tactics and procedures in a controlled environment allows convoy personnel to find and correct any vulnerabilities which could lessen the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrence mission.
“This exercise validates the tactics our Airmen are using. It lets them know if they adhere to the tactics they’re given, they are more likely to survive an attack scenario,” said Tech. Sgt. William Bennett, 91st Security Forces Group weapons tactics master instructor and road warrior evaluator. “Road Warrior gives us a real-world opportunity to assess how we are actually doing with our tactics.”
Road Warrior is a three week long exercise and involves missile defenders, maintainers, a helicopter squadron and Air Force Office of Special Investigations from the three missile wings under Air Force Global Strike command. The wings involved are the 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base; 91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.
“This exercise gives the wing commanders a capability assessment of their teams, so they know exactly what their teams are proficient at defending and defeating allowing the commander to determine to move out a convoy,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Christian, 20th Air Force operations NCO in charge.
Having the exercise at Camp Guernsey allows missile wings the space to use equipment normally unavailable at their home stations and provides a more realistic experience.
“What makes the convoy mission unique is that these defenders are much more active because they are actually moving a resource from point A to point B,” said Capt. Timothy Marriner, 790th Missile Security Force Squadron tactical response force officer in charge. ”They have to evaluate threats every day before they go out, look at routes and plan for worst case scenario every time.”
The convoy course which is also held at Camp Guernsey certifies defenders in the tactics and procedures they need before they go out on a real convoy in the missile complex.
“We are constantly transporting the weapon across hundreds of miles in the missile complex. Exercises like this are always important to keep us vigilant and to keep us aware of new tactics that will improve our readiness,” said Senior Airman Kurt Hanson, 790th MSFS convoy response force leader. “If we weren’t here, anyone one on the street could roll up and take the asset. Our security and our freedom would then be in jeopardy.”