Aug. 23, 2010

192d Security Forces train outdoors to amplify knowledge 

By Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio        
192d Fighter Wing Public Affairs

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Virginia Air National Guard Security Forces took their traditional class room training and ratcheted it up a few notches by applying realistic, outdoor scenarios at Fort Eustis June 7- 18 as part of their annual field training.

Tech Sgt. Bassam T. Taha, 192D Security Forces Squadron, rotates from rifle to “handgun” as part of a defensive course at Fort Eustis June 9. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos J. Claudio)

"This outdoor training gives us hands-on, real-world type of experience," said Lt. Col. Scott A. Hill, 192d Security Forces Squadron commander. "In addition to what the 192d Fighter Wing offers, the added intensity provided by the 633rd Air Base Wing trainers, gives us a different perspective in how to execute training by taking our Security Forces out of the class room and preparing them for when we do deploy."

One-hundred degree heat did not seem to diminish the Security Forces focus. During low-crawl training, Airmen lay down on the ground, then pushed themselves with one leg and pulled themselves with one arm, all while quietly dragging their M4 weapon with their other arm.

Security Forces also conducted training on military operations in urban terrain.

"This training teaches you how to deal with bad guys that have taken over a city or town," explained Master Sgt. Jesse Lee, Jr., training noncommissioned officer. "MOUT trains you how to go into dangerous towns, buildings and rooms, and neutralize the situation."

Senior Airman Michael R. Tiller, 192D Security Forces Squadron, low-crawls with weapon as part of a defensive course at Fort Eustis June 9. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos J. Claudio)

The team challenge course presented another engaging situation where Airmen needed to think and travel as a team to get from one place to another. This scenario involved taking equipment to a new location over structures or water.

Other types of instruction conducted during their annual field training at Fort Eustis included land navigation and map reading, searching and handcuffing, and search and rescue.

In all, about 50 Security Forces personnel participated in this highly active outdoor training. The 192d Security Forces Squadron is part of the 192d Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, and is based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

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