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Condor Crest comes to Peterson

An Airman from the 21st Medical Group preps Staff Sgt. Edward Halper, 21 Civil Engineer Squadron, to be a casualty for a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

An Airman from the 21st Medical Group preps Staff Sgt. Edward Halper, 21 Civil Engineer Squadron, to be a casualty for a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group prep casualties for a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

Airmen from the 21st Medical Group prep casualties for a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

A 21st Security Forces Airman handles a military working dog sniffing for a bomb during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. 21 SFS use MWD’s as part of their daily operations in keeping Peterson AFB safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

A 21st Security Forces Airman handles a military working dog sniffing for a bomb during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. 21 SFS use MWD’s as part of their daily operations in keeping Peterson AFB safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen transport a wounded Airmen to safety during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st SW. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests 21st Space Wing Airmen’s readiness during attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen transport a wounded Airmen to safety during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability who work for the 21st SW. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests 21st Space Wing Airmen’s readiness during attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen tend to the wounded during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability at the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen tend to the wounded during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability at the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen tend to the wounded  outside the during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability at the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

21st Civil Engineer fire department Airmen tend to the wounded outside the during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. Condor Crest is an exercise that tests Airmen’s readiness and vulnerability at the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

A 21st Civil Engineer EOD robot detects a backpack for explosives during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. EOD are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

A 21st Civil Engineer EOD robot detects a backpack for explosives during a Condor Crest exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 9, 2017. EOD are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

Airman 1st Class Leah Yonker, 721st Security Forces Squadron, member, enters the building in which an acting suspected shooter is during an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. The active shooter training was conducted as part of exercise Condor Crest, a week long test of the readiness of the 21st Space Wing units.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Airman 1st Class Leah Yonker, 721st Security Forces Squadron, member, enters the building in which an acting suspected shooter is during an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. The active shooter training was conducted as part of exercise Condor Crest, a week long test of the readiness of the 21st Space Wing units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Senior Airman Rajesh Narain, 721st Security Forces Squadron, leader, marks a door during an active shooter exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Security Forces marks doors during an emergency to indicate which rooms they have already checked. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Senior Airman Rajesh Narain, 721st Security Forces Squadron, leader, marks a door during an active shooter exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Security Forces marks doors during an emergency to indicate which rooms they have already checked. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Airman 1st Class Leah Yonker, 721st Security Forces Squadron, member, secures a doorway during an active shooter exercise that was part of exercise Condor Crest at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Condor Crest is an annual exercise conducted across the 21st Space Wing designed to test the wing in various crisis response situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)
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Airman 1st Class Leah Yonker, 721st Security Forces Squadron, member, secures a doorway during an active shooter exercise that was part of exercise Condor Crest at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Condor Crest is an annual exercise conducted across the 21st Space Wing designed to test the wing in various crisis response situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Three Airmen from the 721st Security Forces Squadron, carry an acting casualty down a flight of steps during an active shooter exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Quickly moving wounded during an active shooter scenario is a priority for first responders and is often tested during the stressful situations designed to test Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)
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Three Airmen from the 721st Security Forces Squadron, carry an acting casualty down a flight of steps during an active shooter exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Quickly moving wounded during an active shooter scenario is a priority for first responders and is often tested during the stressful situations designed to test Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

Senior Airman Rajesh Narain, 721st Security Forces Squadron, leader, directs members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team to the location of the active shooter during an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Cheyenne Mountain AFS Security Forces and the El Paso County Sherriff’s department have a partnership agreement to coordinate training and response to crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)
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Senior Airman Rajesh Narain, 721st Security Forces Squadron, leader, directs members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team to the location of the active shooter during an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Nov. 8, 2017. Cheyenne Mountain AFS Security Forces and the El Paso County Sherriff’s department have a partnership agreement to coordinate training and response to crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

During the week of November 6-9, several events took place across the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado to keep Airmen ready for any circumstance.  Events included Shelter-In-Place, lockdown, active shooter, bomb explosions, child abduction, a mass casualty event and more. 

Condor Crest is a bi-annual readiness exercise designed to test the capabilities of the men and women of the Wing. The exercise occurs twice a year.

Condor Crest was planned by the 21st Space Wing Inspector General office in conjunction with leadership and unit Wing Inspection Team members. Planning began in August, 2017 with members assigned to Peterson AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, mission partners, and geographically separated units around the world.  Events were designed to test the capabilities of those assigned to the wing with real-world scenarios to match the current and emerging threats that face our nation.  There were four main scenarios in as many days, designed to put emergency responders and leadership to the test.

In the past, the majority of the base was off limits when it came to exercises. For the first time, the CDC played a vital role in planning and playing in this level of exercise. Direction from wing leadership is units assigned to Peterson AFB (with the exception of a few select services) will be fully engaged during the exercise scenarios. While leadership understands there may be inconveniences, these do not outweigh the benefits of the invaluable training of installation personnel. Condor Crest is Peterson’s execution of the “train like you fight mentality” in the Air Force today. 

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