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Staff Sgt. Ken Gordon gives a pre-deployment brief to deploying members at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Gordon was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Staff Sgt. Ken Gordon gives a pre-deployment brief to deploying members at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Gordon was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Tech. Sgt. Jamie Freeman signs for an MRE at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Freeman was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Tech. Sgt. Jamie Freeman signs for an MRE at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Freeman was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Cargo incheck personell inspect cargo loading procedures at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Personell were participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Cargo incheck personell inspect cargo loading procedures at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Personell were participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lobbezoo carries his deployment bag to be weighed at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Lobbezoo was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lobbezoo carries his deployment bag to be weighed at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Lobbezoo was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Senior Airman Elevterio Evangelista passes through a metal detector at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Evangelista was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Senior Airman Elevterio Evangelista passes through a metal detector at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Evangelista was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Staff. Sgt. Amber Helsel reviews paperwork in the briefing room at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Helsel was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

Staff. Sgt. Amber Helsel reviews paperwork in the briefing room at the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, Mi., Nov. 7, 2009. Helsel was participating in a mobility training exercise at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/released)

<b>Battle Creek ANGB</b> -- The November weekend had members walking through the deployment routine in a mock exercise. The exercise was setup to test the base and the procedures of running deployed airman through the phases. "A lot of us have never gone through this before," said Staff Sgt. Ken Gordon. "This is a good exercise for everyone."

One of the last phases included a weapons pallet, getting their baggage weighed, and going through a metal detector. This is the point where there is no longer physical contact
with families with the exception of a cell phone. "They've said their good-byes at this point," said Sergeant Gordon.

This is also the part where the military would keep those being deployed from trying to run away. The exercise went on for both Saturday and Sunday. The exercise had over 200 people participating with 75 acting as deployed airman.