by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Johnson
23d Wing Public Affairs
12/21/2015 - MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Thirty-nine
Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group here and the 1st Special
Operations Security Forces Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., completed a
bi-annual Army Air Assault assessment, Dec. 16.
The Army Air Assault assessment is a voluntary, three-day test
consisting of six events, each of which must be passed in order to
qualify to attend Army Air Assault School at Camp Blanding, Fla.
"We hold assessments to accurately evaluate members who wish to go to
Army Air Assault School," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph
Weidenbach, 820th Combat Operations Squadron group air assault program
manager. "This ensures the 820th BDG sends the most qualified Airmen to
properly represent the Air Force at sister-service schools."
Day one of the assessment consists of a Swiss-seat test, where Airmen
are tested on their ability to tie an emergency rappel harness. They
then, perform a series of rappels which will prepare them for the Army
Air Assault School.
During day two, Airmen went to Camp Blanding, Fla., to complete an Army
physical-training test and an obstacle course with nine obstacles.
"I thought it was really fun, but extremely hard and exhausting at the
same time," said Airman 1st Class Cristian Ring, 822d Base Defense
Squadron fire team member. "Plus, it was raining so that made it even
more challenging, but giving up was not an option."
The Airmen returned to Moody for the final day of the assessment where
they started out with a 12-mile ruck. After the ruck, Airmen were
evaluated on the appearance and order of mandatory items inside their
ruck to test their attention to detail.
Although it was an assessment that is designed to be difficult and many
were not able to persevere, 17 of the 39 contenders qualified for the
Army Air Assault School.
The Army Air Assault School is an 11-day course which consists of
physical training as well as education of specialized career skills.
"Airmen should attempt to complete air assault school because upon
graduation, you are now part of a unique family," said Weidenbach. "As
an Airman, you are then able to provide vital skills to rotary-wing
transportation of personnel and equipment."