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Capt. Jesse Salgado, 374th Force Support Squadron operations officer, left, fastens the hood over the mask for Tech. Sergeant Christopher Smith, 374th Force Support Squadron postmaster during the squadron's war fighting training day.

Capt. Jesse Salgado, 374th Force Support Squadron operations officer, left, fastens the hood over the mask for Tech. Sergeant Christopher Smith, 374th Force Support Squadron postmaster during the squadron's war fighting training day at Yokota Air Base, Sept. 28, 2020. The exercise was a testament to all the coordination and hard work the squadron accomplished over the last few months and led to the success of FSS’s first "Ability to Survive and Operate" rodeo in over 5 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron demonstrate the correct way to decontaminate during the squadron's war fighting training day.

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron demonstrate the correct way to decontaminate during the squadron's war fighting training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 28, 2020. An increased level of readiness provides Yokota Air Base a prepared, lethal and resilient force, which remains postured to support rapid global mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron practice self-aide buddy care during the squadron's war fighting training day.

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron practice self-aide buddy care during the squadron's war fighting training dayat Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 28, 2020. The FSS is made up of 1,100 Airmen and civilians, 11 flights and five different military Air Force Specialty Codes in the Squadron, and developing these total force Airmen leverages their diverse skillsets to ensure the squadron is able to provide rapid global sustainment operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

Airman 1st Class Adam Vittiello, 374th Force Support Squadron food services journeyman, left, ensures his wingman, Senior Airman Yinxiao Wu, 374th FSS fitness journeyman, dons his Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear accurately during the squadron's war fighting training day.

Airman 1st Class Adam Vittiello, 374th Force Support Squadron food services journeyman, left, ensures his wingman, Senior Airman Yinxiao Wu, 374th FSS fitness journeyman, dons his Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear accurately during the squadron's war fighting training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Sept. 28, 2020. Properly wearing personal protective equipment is critical in the event of a possible real-world contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

Senior Airman Cristobal Lopez, 374th Force Support listens to instruction during a decontamination brief at the squadron's war fighting training day.

Senior Airman Cristobal Lopez, 374th Force Support listens to instruction during a decontamination brief at the squadron's war fighting training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 28, 2020. The training consisted of hands-on and scenario-based training within each specific war skill. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron practice buddy lifting procedures during the squadron's training day.

Airmen of the 374th Force Support Squadron practice buddy lifting procedures during the squadron's training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 28, 2020. FSS Airmen continue to be multi-capable in their skillsets and prepared for future exercises through re-familiarization with self-aide buddy care during the "Ability to Survive and Operate" rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Miquel Jordan)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

An increased level of readiness provides a prepared, lethal and resilient force which remains postured to support rapid global mobility.

To maintain those capabilities, the 374th Force Support Squadron participated in the 374th Mission Support Group’s war fighting skills training day, Sept. 28, at the Samurai Training Grounds on Yokota Air Base, Japan.

“Our war skills teams are built using our operational manning construct which focuses on the cross-utilization of our Air Force Specialty Codes across FSS,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Chang, 374th FSS commander. “With approximately 1,100 Airmen and civilians, 11 Flights and five different military AFSCs in the Squadron, it is paramount that we develop our total force Airmen by leveraging our diverse skillsets to ensure we are able to provide rapid global sustainment operations.” 

The day was composed of two blocks, war skills training and an Ability to Survive and Operate rodeo (ATSO), during which FSS Airmen worked alongside the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management section who ensured the correct procedures were accomplished during the training.

During the training, Airmen took part in a 30-minute rotation of a variety of work stations that focused on warfighting capabilities from Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear and Self-Aide Buddy Care, to post attack reconnaissance and asset covering and decontamination.  

“Honing in on the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept, contingency familiarizations broaden our capability to fill-in where needed to ensure our quality of life networks are still able to project in a time of contingency,” said Chang.

 The 374th FSS Airmen continue to be multi-capable in their skillsets and are prepared for future exercises through re-familiarization with CBRN and ATSO procedures. The exercise was a testament to all the coordination and hard work the squadron accomplished over the last few months and what led to the success of FSS’s first ATSO rodeo in over 5 years.

“Overall, it was a successful training day and it was a true team effort to make it so,” Chang said. “I am extremely proud of our FSS Airmen.”