End of Exercise or ENDEX, means that the Viking 14 Exercise at the Uppsala site is over. After intense staff work during ten twelve-hour work-days, Wednesday April 9th saw the crisis in the fictitious country of Bogaland come to an end. For the officers and civilian staff members this meant almost the end, because immediately after the end of the actual gaming part a post-exercise evaluation, or “After Action Review”, was conducted among all sections and branches. The objective of the Endex-reporting is of course to get the information needed to learn from the Viking 14, what could be improved during future exercises. Finally, as Wednesday afternoon came to its end, the Air Component Command and its operations center, the so called Combined Air Operations Center or CAOC, was filled staff members winding down after an intense period, as you might see from the pictures.
Actually, once all planning processes, order directives and current operations were over, they rather seemed like happy campers. Or as it goes in the air force; trimming out and levelling off.
Text: Mj Max Hasselblatt
Photos and edits: Lt Lotta Åhdén and M Hasselblatt