SAVANNAH, GA — The North Carolina Air National Guard took no breaks with their training in Savannah Wednesday.
Hundreds of men and women with the 145th Airlift Wing out of Charlotte are perfecting their skills at the Combat Readiness Training Center. Wednesday's training brought several scenarios, including chemical missile attacks, fires, and recovery.
The Air Guard has to practice every step as if they were in a war-like situation.
“We train so much and so heavily we don't really have the opportunity to think. We train as we fight and we fight as we train,” said Tech Sgt. Adam Ryerson with the 145th Air Lift Wing.
Tech Sgt. Charles Allen with the 145th Air Lift Wing knows what is expected. He has completed two tours in Iraq and said the practice he gets through this kind of training is key.
“The more we practice the better we get at what we're doing. When we are placed in harms way, to actually have to do our jobs, again practice makes perfect to get out and do what we're supposed to do,” said Allen.
Evaluation teams are with the Air Guard, noting their mistakes and biggest challenges. They are hoping to learn from this weeks' exercises so they'll be ready for an inspection later this year.