FSR, it's not just another military acronym

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, participate in an exercise that measures the ability to survive and operate in chemical warfare equipment at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Megan Floyd)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, participate in an exercise that measures the ability to survive and operate in chemical warfare equipment at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Megan Floyd)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ismael Fierro, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, monitors Airmen during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere 
conditions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ismael Fierro, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, monitors Airmen during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, participate in an exercise that measures the ability to survive and operate in chemical warfare equipment at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., March 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Megan Floyd)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, participate in an exercise that measures the ability to survive and operate in chemical warfare equipment at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., March 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Megan Floyd)

U.S. Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by 
using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Airmen with the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard, participate in M-9 pistol training at McEntire Joint National Guard Base shooting range with South Carolina Air National Guard Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors from the 169th Security Forces Squadron, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere 
conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Airmen with the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard, participate in M-9 pistol training at McEntire Joint National Guard Base shooting range with South Carolina Air National Guard Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors from the 169th Security Forces Squadron, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Buck, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, gives instructions during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Buck, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, gives instructions during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, perform yearly Task Qualification Training (TQT) during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Feb. 3, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ismael Fierro, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, monitors Airmen during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ismael Fierro, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, monitors Airmen during M-9 pistol qualifications at the base shooting range, April 6, 2018. Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Caycee Watson)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --

U.S. Airmen assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing have completed training throughout the last few months here in response to a mass directive aimed at the Air Force from Gen. David Goldfein, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

“The CSAF is saying we need to focus on other core competencies,” said Col. Akshai Gandhi, the vice wing commander of the 169th Fighter Wing. “Full Spectrum Readiness is nothing more than a step-up in our readiness posture.”

Swamp Fox Airmen continue to hone routine skills to meet combatant command requirements. The muscle memory that is formed by using this equipment multiple times allows Airmen the ability to focus their attention on completing the mission under austere conditions.

“Full Spectrum Readiness is a way of addressing and refocusing the Air Force for all of the advanced capabilities and to make sure we’re ready for that and that we’ll be able to fight in a contested environment,” said Col. Nicholas Gentile, Jr., the wing commander of the 169th Fighter Wing. “We’re not exactly sure where our nation is going to need us, but we’re going to be prepared for any interventions.”

The capability and technology gaps that existed between America and our near-peer adversaries has closed at an alarming rate during the last ten years.  

“The tax-payer expects us to be on the tip of the spear and in order to do that, we’ve had to increase the amount of time we spend in chemical gear, the manner in which we train in it and the way we’re working on some of our advanced weaponry,” said Gentile. “It’s necessary to be able to handle the full spectrum threat.”

There has been an increased military presence here during the course of the last few months in part due to traditional Guardsmen taking time in-between drills to accomplish some of the additional training so that they can continue to complete their jobs during unit training assemblies.

“It tells you something about the way the National Guard runs and the caliber of people that we have here,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Thorne, the commander of the 169th Aerospace Control Alert Detachment. “It’s also reflective of the support that employers have for their members in our organization. The fact that we have employers that support our Guardsmen is part of what enables us to say that we’re full spectrum ready.”

“I appreciate the seriousness and the intensity that our Airmen have placed on embracing this increased readiness and the additional workload that had been placed upon them,” said Gentile. “We stand ready now as a Wing as we have for decades to deploy wherever we’re needed.”