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30 LRS trains for mission readiness

A military Humvee is parked at the head of a convoy line in preparation for Combat Operational Readiness Training by the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A military Humvee is parked at the head of a convoy line in preparation for Combat Operational Readiness Training by the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen gather and receive their mission brief during Combat Operational Readiness Training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen gather and receive their mission brief during Combat Operational Readiness Training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Technical Sgt. Joshua Gibbs, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCOIC, Training Validation & Operations, prepares a simulated roadside bomb for 30 LRS convoy training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of Combat Operational Readiness Training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Technical Sgt. Joshua Gibbs, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCOIC, Training Validation & Operations, prepares a simulated roadside bomb for 30 LRS convoy training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of Combat Operational Readiness Training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Technical Sgt. Joshua Gibbs, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCOIC, Training Validation & Operations, prepares a simulated roadside bomb for 30 LRS convoy training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of Combat Operational Readiness Training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Technical Sgt. Joshua Gibbs, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCOIC, Training Validation & Operations, prepares a simulated roadside bomb for 30 LRS convoy training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of Combat Operational Readiness Training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron convoy encounters hostile behavior from simulated locals during their training mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training  is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron convoy encounters hostile behavior from simulated locals during their training mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Logan Spencer 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations Journeyman, scans the area for suspicious activity as the convoy team prepares to move out for the second half of their training mission. Observation and awareness of ones surroundings play an integral part of convoy safety. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some  multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

Senior Airman Logan Spencer 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations Journeyman, scans the area for suspicious activity as the convoy team prepares to move out for the second half of their training mission. Observation and awareness of ones surroundings play an integral part of convoy safety. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen, equipped with hand-held radios, discuss their convoy operation during Combat Operational Readiness Training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Communication is an essential part of any convoy mission and handheld radios are a common sight among team members. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. This training ensures personnel are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen, equipped with hand-held radios, discuss their convoy operation during Combat Operational Readiness Training Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Communication is an essential part of any convoy mission and handheld radios are a common sight among team members. CORT includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. This training ensures personnel are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

Senior Airman Richard Dye, 30th Logistics Readiness Squardon Vehicle Mechanic, charges the lead convoy vehicle acting as an armed combatant Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training  is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Richard Dye, 30th Logistics Readiness Squardon Vehicle Mechanic, charges the lead convoy vehicle acting as an armed combatant Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Brandon Sena and Senior Airman Richard Dye, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management journeymen, use a decoy roadside bomb to halt a 30 LRS training convoy and simulate small arms fire to force the convoy to break contact and exit the “kill zone” Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Brandon Sena and Senior Airman Richard Dye, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management journeymen, use a decoy roadside bomb to halt a 30 LRS training convoy and simulate small arms fire to force the convoy to break contact and exit the “kill zone” Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A key component of Combat Operational Readiness Training is testing the decision making and assessment capabilities of convoy team members as they react to an unpredictable environment. The goal of CORT is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Monty Baze, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operator, acts unresponsive as Airman First Class Dylan Rogers, 30 LRS Vehicle Operator, relays information to the Convoy Commander after a simulated explosion damaged their vehicle Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This portion of Combat Operational Readiness Training helps teach team members how to respond if an attack leads to injuries/casualties or damaged vehicles within their convoy. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)
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Senior Airman Monty Baze, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operator, acts unresponsive as Airman First Class Dylan Rogers, 30 LRS Vehicle Operator, relays information to the Convoy Commander after a simulated explosion damaged their vehicle Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This portion of Combat Operational Readiness Training helps teach team members how to respond if an attack leads to injuries/casualties or damaged vehicles within their convoy. About half of the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operators have conducted convoys while deployed in support of contingency operations, some multiple times (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

SSgt Daniel Marrufo, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations Training, Validation and Operations Supervisor, critiques the 30 LRS convoy team during an after action report Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. "I'm excited to conduct this type training because it's invaluable to our career field.” explains Marrufo. “Many of us have deployed to various locations to conduct combat convoy ops. I personally take this training very seriously, because I have lost two of my closest  friends while doing convoys, A1C Eric Barnes and SrA Ashton Goodman. I have done convoys both as a brand new Airman in the Lead Vehicle of the convoy, and as a Staff Sergeant as an Assistant  Convoy Commander. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm  the newer Vehicle Operators showed during this training. Everyone involved did really well during the scenarios and I know they gained a lot of knowledge from this  experience." SSgt Marrufo has been a Vehicle Operator for 8 years, deployed twice for 8 months each time; earning both an Army Commendation Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal for his actions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)
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SSgt Daniel Marrufo, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations Training, Validation and Operations Supervisor, critiques the 30 LRS convoy team during an after action report Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. "I'm excited to conduct this type training because it's invaluable to our career field.” explains Marrufo. “Many of us have deployed to various locations to conduct combat convoy ops. I personally take this training very seriously, because I have lost two of my closest friends while doing convoys, A1C Eric Barnes and SrA Ashton Goodman. I have done convoys both as a brand new Airman in the Lead Vehicle of the convoy, and as a Staff Sergeant as an Assistant Convoy Commander. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm the newer Vehicle Operators showed during this training. Everyone involved did really well during the scenarios and I know they gained a lot of knowledge from this experience." SSgt Marrufo has been a Vehicle Operator for 8 years, deployed twice for 8 months each time; earning both an Army Commendation Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal for his actions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron members gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training (CORT) includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)
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30th Logistics Readiness Squadron members gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training (CORT) includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Col. Todd Schollars, 30th Mission Support Group commander, joins Airman First Class Eric Collins and Airman First Class Keanu Crouch, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operators, for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Col. Schollars was embedded with the convoy team during their Combat Operational Readiness Training to gain first-hand experience with the intricacies of the 30 LRS mission, which falls under his command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)
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Col. Todd Schollars, 30th Mission Support Group commander, joins Airman First Class Eric Collins and Airman First Class Keanu Crouch, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operators, for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Col. Schollars was embedded with the convoy team during their Combat Operational Readiness Training to gain first-hand experience with the intricacies of the 30 LRS mission, which falls under his command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

Airman First Class Eric Collins, Airman First Class Dylan Rogers and Staff Sergeant Jack Flores Jimenez, 30 LRS Vehicle Operators, gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.. Combat Operational Readiness Training (CORT) includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)
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Airman First Class Eric Collins, Airman First Class Dylan Rogers and Staff Sergeant Jack Flores Jimenez, 30 LRS Vehicle Operators, gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.. Combat Operational Readiness Training (CORT) includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

Senior Airman Rosemarie Rodriguez-Cruz, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron dispatcher, joins her team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. This training ensures personnel are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)
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Senior Airman Rosemarie Rodriguez-Cruz, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron dispatcher, joins her team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. Airmen must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. This training ensures personnel are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

30th Logistics Readiness Squadron members gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission  Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. They must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)
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30th Logistics Readiness Squadron members gather with their convoy team members for an after action report after completing the first half of a simulated convoy mission Dec. 18, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Combat Operational Readiness Training includes exercise preparation actions to properly prepare Vehicle Operations personnel for wartime duties. They must possess the necessary skills to meet mission demands and predict future events if possible. The goal of this training is to ensure Airmen are able to operate and survive in a contingency or wartime environment as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)