The Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing is conducting a combined Consolidated Unit Exercise at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Feb. 28- March 4. The purpose of the CUE is to test the Wing's ability to execute their wartime tasking under simulated wartime conditions. Approximately 800 Airmen and 12 F-15C fighter aircraft will be participating in the five-day event. "This exercise ensures the 159th Fighter Wing can both deploy and fight in an overseas contingency operation," said Col. Thomas P. Sostarics, vice commander of the 159th Fighter Wing. "Although we've just came back from a deployment last fall, it's still important to maintain our readiness. Our Airmen perform extraordinarily under pressure." This is the first time since 2005 that the 159th FW has conducted a combined Phase I and Phase II readiness exercise. Phase I evaluates the Airmen's ability to receive a tasking to deploy somewhere and to get all of the tasked personnel and cargo deployed from their home station to their deployed location. Phase II evaluates the Airmen's ability to survive, operate, sustain forces and execute their mission at their deployed location. The CUE helps Airmen prepare for their upcoming Combined Unit Inspection (CUI). The 159th FW is preparing for their Jan. 2014 CUI which will be conducted by the Air Combat Command's Inspector General team. The CUI is mandatory for all Air Force organizations to make certain they are in compliance with regulations and directives.