Condor Crest: 21st SW practices preparedness

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  • By Philip Carter
  • 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
Simulated gun fire rang out while “exercise, exercise, exercise” bellowed throughout the hallways as the Condor Crest Exercise kicked-off for the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and geographically separated units, Oct. 31- Nov. 4.

Coordinated by the 21st SW Inspector General, Condor Crest is a biannual exercise that assesses the readiness and vulnerability of people who work for the 21st SW. There were a variety of scheduled, simulated events that tested Airmen on how they reacted to these scenarios.

“The units on base included the 21st Security Forces, 21st Fire Department, 21st Force Support Squadron, a lot of the organizations from Mission Support Group and the 21st Medical Group,” said Master Sgt. Terry Lewis, the 21st SW/IG superintendent. “We all came together to put on the exercise. It’s no one-man show.”

Geographically separated units from all across the wing were also involved in this exercise, including units at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Beale AFB, California; Clear AFS, Alaska; Eglin AFB, Florida; Cavalier AFS, North Dakota; Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Colorado; and the Space and Missile Systems Center, California.

Here at Peterson, the exercise started at building 350 with an active-shooter scenario. Day two was a driving under the influence related car crash and snow storm scenarios, and day three was a confined space entry-and-rescue.

The wing practiced many different scenarios during this week-long exercise, which included bomb threats, shelter in place, hazardous weather events such as tornados and blizzards, suspicious package, car accident, and much more.

Air Force Instructions give organizations guidance on what they should be capable of during daily operations. Condor Crest allows leadership to evaluate any constraints or limitations that may arise in a real-world emergency and shows commanders their unit’s capabilities.

“You don’t actually know your capabilities until you test them,” said Lewis. “It helps the commanders with risk management of its units and what they are capable of.”