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Pacific Air Commandos head to Korea for annual ORE

Airman 1st Class Christopher Randolph, 1st Special Operations Squadron life support technician, adjusts equipment for Master Sgt. Don Fannin, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, during training on the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protective System.  This training was part of the Blue Horizon Operational Readiness Exercise. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise.    (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

Airman 1st Class Christopher Randolph, 1st Special Operations Squadron life support technician, adjusts equipment for Master Sgt. Don Fannin, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, during training on the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protective System. This training was part of the Blue Horizon Operational Readiness Exercise. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise. (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

Staff Sgt. David Frederick from the 1st Special Operations Squadron, a Blue Horizon exercise victim, makes his way through the decontamination line, following a simulated attack. Tech. Sgts. Sixto Vargas and Michael Dougherty, both independent duty medical technicians, and Tech. Sgt. Eric Weatherholt, bioenvironmental engineering technician, all from the 353rd Operations Support Squadron, prepare the patient for the next step in decontamination. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise.    (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

Staff Sgt. David Frederick from the 1st Special Operations Squadron, a Blue Horizon exercise victim, makes his way through the decontamination line, following a simulated attack. Tech. Sgts. Sixto Vargas and Michael Dougherty, both independent duty medical technicians, and Tech. Sgt. Eric Weatherholt, bioenvironmental engineering technician, all from the 353rd Operations Support Squadron, prepare the patient for the next step in decontamination. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise. (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Terry, 353rd Operations Support Squadron, gets medical assistance from Maj. (Dr.) Daniel Murray, a flight surgeon with the 353rd Operations Support Squadron, during an exercise scenario involving chemical agents. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise.  (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Terry, 353rd Operations Support Squadron, gets medical assistance from Maj. (Dr.) Daniel Murray, a flight surgeon with the 353rd Operations Support Squadron, during an exercise scenario involving chemical agents. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise. (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- More than 400 members of Kadena's 353rd Special Operations Group practiced wartime skills needed to survive and operate during a recent exercise deployment to Korea.

"It's our first game of the season," said Col. Raymond Chapman, 353rd SOG commander. "We will continue to exercise and train and get even better. From this exercise we'll take our lessons learned and bring them back to home station and ensure that we apply them."

The group deploys with all of its equipment and people needed to operate at any location. This exercise, called Blue Horizon Operational Readiness Exercise 2007, will help prepared the group for its 2008 ORI.

This year's evaluators for the wartime scenarios were members from the Wisconsin Air National Guard located at Volk Field, Wis. The Guard members provided training in self-aid and buddy care, sweep and disaster preparedness before and during the deployment.

Wartime readiness skills during mortar attacks, chemical attacks and mass casualty scenarios were also tested and evaluated.