by Senior Airman Duane Morgan
174th Attack Wing
11/12/2015 - HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Approximately
26 Airmen from the 174th Attack Wing's Security Forces Squadron
deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE
and FREEDOM'S SENTINEL from January 22, to August 5.
"For a majority of our Security Forces troops, this was their first time
ever deploying," said Master Sgt. Christopher, 174th Attack Wing SFS
In preparation for their deployment, the Airmen attended a 3-week combat
skills preparation course at the regional training center located at
Fort Bliss, Texas. While at the center, the Airmen trained on a variety
of combat skills needed to defend air bases in combat zones and other
austere operating locations.
Following the combat skills training at Fort Bliss, the Airmen received
additional training in trauma and casualty care, expeditionary entry
control points and vehicle searches in Baumholder, Germany.
Once deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, the Airmen became a part of a
145-person flight made up of active duty, guard and reserve from 24
different bases around the globe.
During their deployment, the Airmen performed various duties such as
safeguarding 11,000 multinational forces and securing over 100 combat
aircraft, covering over 210 square miles.
While performing their duties, Airmen from the 174th were able to be
work with and train alongside the local Qatari security forces.
"Team Syracuse represented the 174th ATKW well," said Christopher. "Our
efforts ensured the success of missions stretching across the entire Air
Force Central Command area of responsibility."
Some of the accomplishments by members of the wing included:
Assigned to the Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron female engagement
team, SrA Sarah trained and mentored the first class of Qatari Female
Police at the Qatari National Police Academy located in Doha.
SSgt Mason and SrA Alec worked jointly with the Qatar National Police
providing armed vehicle escort for the OIR Air Coalition Conference,
which brought in more than 100 Distinguished Visitors from over 22
SSgt Christopher responded and extinguished a burning building while off
duty. Christopher received the Air Force Central Command and Air Combat
Command Ground Safety Award. He also accepted a letter of appreciation
from Lieutenant General Hesterman, the current assistant vice chief of
staff and director.
TSgt Jason and A1C Nicholas participated in the first joint active
shooter exercise involving ESFS and Special Operations Command
In regards to their accomplishments, Christopher stated that he felt
that all of the Airmen from the 174th did an outstanding job and had
performed their duties flawlessly throughout their deployment.
"I couldn't be more proud of being part of such a professional group of Defenders," said Christopher.