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Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station test joint response during exercise

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team respond to a blocking exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The 4th ID responded with Strykers and Humvees to simulate blocking key locations of approach to CMAFS as part of existing support agreements for future real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team respond to a blocking exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The 4th ID responded with Strykers and Humvees to simulate blocking key locations of approach to CMAFS as part of existing support agreements for future real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – U.S. Army Maj. Kevin Boyd, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team public affairs officer, coordinates exercise response with Maj. Kevin Lombardo, 721st Security Forces Squadron commander, upon arrival to the main portal at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The blocking force exercise tested the ability of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute a joint mission, manage resources, stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness as part of existing support agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – U.S. Army Maj. Kevin Boyd, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team public affairs officer, coordinates exercise response with Maj. Kevin Lombardo, 721st Security Forces Squadron commander, upon arrival to the main portal at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The blocking force exercise tested the ability of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute a joint mission, manage resources, stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness as part of existing support agreements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and Airmen from the 721st Security Forces Squadron, conducted a blocking force exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate Fort Carson and CMAFS’s ability to execute a joint mission, manage resources, stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and Airmen from the 721st Security Forces Squadron, conducted a blocking force exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate Fort Carson and CMAFS’s ability to execute a joint mission, manage resources, stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team respond to a blocking exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The exercise tests the ability of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute the existing Support Agreement ensuring the support between 21st Space Wing assets and Fort Carson during real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team respond to a blocking exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, July 15, 2015. The exercise tests the ability of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute the existing Support Agreement ensuring the support between 21st Space Wing assets and Fort Carson during real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, respond to an exercise at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station with Strykers and Humvees July 15.

Existing support agreements ensure support between 21st Space Wing assets and Fort Carson during real world situations. The blocking force exercise tested the ability of Fort Carson and CMAFS to execute a joint mission, manage resources, stewardship of manpower and equipment readiness.

Owned and operated by the 21st SW on Peterson Air Force Base, CMAFS is designated as the Alternate Command Center, the primary being at North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command also located on Peterson AFB.

"The exercise demonstrates our joint commitment to protect the strategic missions of national significance in continuous operations at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station," said Col. Gary Cornn, 721st Mission Support Group and installation commander. "This is an important exercise showing the capability of Fort Carson's response if there is an increased threat."

The 4th ID, 1SBCT responded to provide a physical blocking force on key avenues of approach to CMAFS. In the event of a real world situation, the vehicles and personnel from Fort Carson would also be used for extra firepower, medical support, engineering and logistical support.

Strykers are eight-wheeled combat vehicles that are road legal and able to deploy immediately on and off road. The vehicles are capable of executing an array of missions and scenarios; more so than any other vehicle in the Department of Defense, said Maj. Kevin Boyd, 4th ID, 1SBCT public affairs officer. The Strykers give the 4th ID unique capabilities other Fort Carson units do not have.

"Working together in this joint security exercise was valuable for us as we worked the 759th Military Police Battalion from Fort Carson to open a closed gate to facilitate our movement up the mountain, and with the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station security forces to conduct link-up and support their security posture," said Boyd. "For our Soldiers it is important to know our neighbors and how we can conduct mutual aid for them to understand exactly what is needed and where to respond in a time of crisis cuts down our response time and enables us to bring the proper equipment."

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