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Exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 Day 1

Airmen perform flight checks.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Strachan, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130J Super Hercules crew chief, performs flight checks alongside Staff Sgt. Brian Clark, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J loadmaster, during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. The Airmen checked the aircraft for potential malfunctions as an essential part of maintaining flight readiness. The exercise, held from Oct. 13-23, tested the sustainability and readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman returns a pump to a generator.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Micheal Strachan, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130J Super Hercules crew chief, returns a pump to a generator during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. Airmen prepared aircraft to respond to hostile forces as part of exercise scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Airmen view German airspace.

U.S. Air Force 37th Airlift Squadron pilots view German airspace during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04, Oct. 19, 2020. Aircrews tested their readiness skills and responded to a variety of exercise scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An aircrew emergency respiratory protective system sits in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

An aircrew emergency respiratory protective system sits in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over German airspace during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04, Oct. 19, 2020. AERPs deliver oxygen to pilots and allow them to fly while entering contaminated areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airmen dons his chemical gear.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Micheal Bakke, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, dons his aircrew emergency respiratory protective system over German airspace during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04, Oct. 19, 2020. AERPs protect pilots from hostile chemical agents and allow them to fly while entering contaminated areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman searches for adversaries during an exercise.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Reneau, 86th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, searches for adversaries during a simulated ground attack during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. Ground attack scenarios allow base defenders to hone readiness skills in the event of a real-world threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman adjusts his chemical gear.

A member of the 86th Security Forces Squadron adjusts his chemical gear during Operation Varsity 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. As part of OV 20-04 exercise scenarios, Airmen donned chemical gear to protect from the threat of chemical agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Two Airmen act as victims during an exercise Operation Varsity exercise.

Two Airmen act as victims during an exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 simulated ground attack scenario at Ramstein Air Base, Oct. 19, 2020. The OV 20-04 exercise, held Oct. 13-23, tests the sustainability and readiness of base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman clears his weapon.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William Biehl, 86th Airlift Wing military justice paralegal, clears his weapon after a simulated ground attack during exercise Operation Varsity 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, Oct. 19, 2020. Clearing a gun allows for safe transfer of weaponry and reduces the chances of accidental fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Exercise Operation Varsity 20-04, held from Oct. 13-23, used various scenarios to test the sustainability and readiness of base personnel.