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The 142nd Fighter Wing complete Combined Unit Exercise

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Ramone Lopez, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineers Squadron provides guard duty in a bunker during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Ramone Lopez, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineers Squadron provides guard duty in a bunker during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Ramone Lopez, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineers Squadron returns to the entry contol point after a patrol with members of his squadron during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Ramone Lopez, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineers Squadron returns to the entry contol point after a patrol with members of his squadron during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing work on an F-15 Eagle on the flight line of the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 12, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing work on an F-15 Eagle on the flight line of the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 12, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

An Airman with the Oregon Air National Guard tracks the pre-flight weapons loading at the Portland Air National Guard Base during a Combined Unit Exercise, Portland, Ore., Jan. 12, 2013 (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

An Airman with the Oregon Air National Guard tracks the pre-flight weapons loading at the Portland Air National Guard Base during a Combined Unit Exercise, Portland, Ore., Jan. 12, 2013 (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Keith Courtney, 142nd Fighter Wing Communications Flight maintains and defensive position during a  Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Keith Courtney, 142nd Fighter Wing Communications Flight maintains and defensive position during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. David Boohm and Tech. Sgt. Matthew Shifflette, 142nd Fighter Wing Communications Flight use hand radios to communicate back their unit while preforming Post Attack Reconnaissance work during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. David Boohm and Tech. Sgt. Matthew Shifflette, 142nd Fighter Wing Communications Flight use hand radios to communicate back their unit while preforming Post Attack Reconnaissance work during a Combined Unit Exercise at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Jan. 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE – Portland, Ore., Oregon Air National Guard Senior Airman Briana Ferr and Master Sgt. Dena Johnson of the 142nd Fighter Wing review their Airman’s Manual as they respond to a simulated attack during an operational readiness exercise, Oct. 13, 2012. The 142nd Fight Wing has begun training for an Operational Readiness Phase II inspection to occur in 2013.        (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE – Portland, Ore., Oregon Air National Guard Senior Airman Briana Ferr and Master Sgt. Dena Johnson of the 142nd Fighter Wing review their Airman’s Manual as they respond to a simulated attack during an operational readiness exercise, Oct. 13, 2012. The 142nd Fight Wing has begun training for an Operational Readiness Phase II inspection to occur in 2013. (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE – Portland, Ore., Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Julia Hodge takes a reading of chemical paper and Master Sgt. Dena Johnson records the results as they respond to a possible chemical attack during an operational readiness exercise, Oct. 13, 2012. The 142nd Fight Wing has begun training for an Operational Readiness Phase II inspection to occur in 2013.        (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE – Portland, Ore., Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Julia Hodge takes a reading of chemical paper and Master Sgt. Dena Johnson records the results as they respond to a possible chemical attack during an operational readiness exercise, Oct. 13, 2012. The 142nd Fight Wing has begun training for an Operational Readiness Phase II inspection to occur in 2013. (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Portland Ore. Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron hunker down behind a simulated bunker during an attack while they are in their containment area, Oct. 14, 2012. The unit is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise for an upcoming inspection in 2013. (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Portland Ore. Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron hunker down behind a simulated bunker during an attack while they are in their containment area, Oct. 14, 2012. The unit is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise for an upcoming inspection in 2013. (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Portland Ore., Airmen Daniel Hagemier (right) and Dylan Salinas (left) of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron man a guard position while under a simulated attack Oct. 14, 2012. The unit is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise for an upcoming inspection in 2013.  (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE--Portland Ore., Airmen Daniel Hagemier (right) and Dylan Salinas (left) of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron man a guard position while under a simulated attack Oct. 14, 2012. The unit is conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise for an upcoming inspection in 2013. (U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Jan. 16, 2013 -- Citizen Airmen the 142nd Fighter Wing completed their second in a series of Combined Unit Exercise' s at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., from Jan. 11-13.

The CUE training prepares the members and the air base for the unit's upcoming Combined Unit Inspection scheduled later in the summer.

Combined Unit Inspections are mandated by the Air Force to evaluate and measure the ability of a unit and their members in wartime, contingency, or force sustainment missions in a deployed environment.

The long weekend of preparation marked the second of four scheduled CUE training periods for the 142nd Fighter Wing. During the exercise, Airmen had their gear ready and available to use in a moment's notice.

Some of the mandatory items that needed to be with each member during the weekend included a gas mask, protective chemical suit, reflective belt, helmet and web gear, and of course the latest edition of the Airman's Manual.

In addition to having all necessary equipment and knowing how to use it, exercise players will still be required to take hands on training and update their computer training completed prior to this summer's inspection.

Training in medical care, explosive devices, chemical attacks and different alarm signals, are just a few of the required testing that will preparing the 142nd Airmen to function in a war-zone environment.

The operational phase of this combined unit exercise will test Airmen's ability to work in a simulated deployed environment after having arrived in large numbers from their home base.

Airmen should be well prepared to have their required training put to test in different scenarios and perform under pressure as if in a real combat environment. A CUE prepares personnel for what to expect down range.

Having adequate training and knowledge are important in a CUE/CUE, as well as having good leadership and a positive attitude for the long hours of training.

CUE training will continue for the 142nd Fighter Wing every-other month until the readiness inspection in July.