by Airman Nitza Reynolds
125th Fighter Wing
7/30/2015 - CAMP BLANDING, Fla. -- Airmen
from the 125th Security Forces Squadron are participating in a training
exercise at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida to help them
prepare for upcoming deployments.
These Airmen, with help and guidance from Counterdrug Task Force
Training Instructors, also part of the Florida National Guard's 20th
Special Forces group, are being trained on how to move tactically in an
urban environment, assault target buildings while under fire, and the
basics of air base defense.
Tech. Sgt. Kyle Showalter, 125th Security Forces Training Section,
believes this training will be beneficial to airmen by taking them out
of their comfort zones and using different styles of training.
"I want them to get a little bit more experienced to be able to see a
different mindset." said Showalter. "Traditionally, Security Forces is
trained as a conventional force. These guys need to get out of that a
little bit... and get more unconventional. That seems to be the type of
warfare we're dealing with now and thinking in a 360 degree mindset as
opposed to just one post, one way, at one time. They need to be able to
see opposite threats, all threats all around them."
According to Airman 1st Class Austin Hendrix, 125th Security Forces
Squadron, the training that he and the other security forces airmen are
going through has been helpful in getting them comfortable and ready for
"Part of this training is for the group to get situated and learn how to
tactically move and to try to get us ready." said Hendrix. "We will be
deploying in a few months so we're trying to get everyone prepared for
what might happen downrange."
This team of instructors has a lot of experience between them that is
necessary for effective training. Along with the extensive training,
knowledge, and experience of the National Guard Counterdrug instructors,
there is a team of security forces instructors from the 125th Fighter
Wing. All of these instructors have deployed to multiple locations,
worked with local national forces, and third country national forces.
The different levels and types of experience that these instructors have
will help prepare the Airmen for any situation they may encounter.
"All that experience comes into play with these troops when they get out
overseas and see what they're going to see." said Showalter. "Some of
them are going to more built bases than others; some of them may get
forward deployed to other places. I want these guys to be able to react
and do everything that they need to do and that's when this experience
comes into play."