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Operation Open Horizon: 700th CONS executes mission with limited communications

A large group of Airmen walking towards a series of tents.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 700th Contracting Squadron engage in Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. The exercise prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. Multiple exercise injects and different requirement packages tested contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Three Airmen standing in a tent.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Alex Cordell, 764th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron deputy flight commander, left, Airman 1st Class Warren Jenkins, 700th Contracting Squadron commodities contract journeyman, center, and Tech. Sgt. Jasmine Karingithi, 700th CONS commodities flight noncommissioned officer in charge, right, establish contracting operations during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. The Airmen were assigned to one of three teams representing regional contracting offices in the exercise. Operation Open Horizon prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

An Airman holding a document.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jushawn Ferrell, 700th Contracting Squadron services deputy flight chief, prepares an in-brief for leadership during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. Regional contracting office chiefs, deputy chiefs and noncommissioned officers in charge briefed mission and site commanders on contracting capabilities when the 700th CONS exercise kicked off. The exercise prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Two Airmen standing behind a table, while two other Airmen sit behind another table.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 700th Contracting Squadron in-brief the mission and site commanders during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. The exercise consisted of three teams – Bluefin, Sable and Sika – representing regional contracting offices established under a bare-base deployment scenario. Multiple exercise injects and different requirement packages were provided to test contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Two Airmen at a table with a document.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Warren Jenkins, 700th Contracting Squadron commodities contract journeyman, left, and Staff Sgt. Clayton Petrie, 700th CONS contract specialist, respond to an exercise inject during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. Contracting Airmen had to coordinate and fulfill purchase order requests during the 700th CONS exercise without internet connection. Multiple exercise injects and different requirement packages were provided to test contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Close-up of hands signing a document.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Petrie, 700th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, fulfills a purchase order request during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2020. Exercise injects demanding base supplies while internet and network capabilities were down, required contracting Airmen to execute purchasing requirements with limited resources. The 700th CONS exercise prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Airmen holding a document to be signed.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Petrie, 700th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, left, coordinates a supply transaction with Tech. Sgt. Nelson Berrios, 435th Construction Training Squadron engineering contingency instructor, right, while Staff Sgt. Amanda Jardine, 700th CONS contract specialist, assesses the response during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2020. Contracting Airmen were tested on their abilities to execute supply requests under reduced communications capabilities. Multiple injects and different requirement packages during the 700th CONS exercise were provided to test contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

Close-up of hands passing a small cardboard box.

Simulated base supplies are acquired during Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2020. The 700th Contracting Squadron exercise prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. Multiple exercise injects and different requirement packages tested contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 700th Contracting Squadron engage in Operation Open Horizon at the 435th Construction Training Squadron training compound on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5-6, 2020. The exercise prepared Airmen for a bare-base deployment scenario with minimal communications capabilities. Multiple exercise injects and different requirement packages tested contracting specialists’ abilities to work as a team, prioritize and quickly execute the mission, while adhering to legal requirements.