Training equips Airmen for future challenges

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Melissa Harvey
  • 301st Fighter Wing

The 301st Fighter Wing kicked off the drill weekend with post-attack reconnaissance training at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, May 1, 2021.

During the training, multiple units under the 301 FW Mission Support Group, along with the 301 FW Medical Squadron, worked to ensure Airmen had the opportunity to learn and refresh critical skills during their 4-day (aka super) UTA.

Mr. Jose Guajardo, 301 FW chief of emergency management, details what and who was involved during this multi-unit exercise.

“The training that’s occurring is emergency management and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN). We have security forces with weapons, and we have medical doing Self Aid Buddy Care, which is the new Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). Along with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), who did explosives.”

During the weapons training portion, approximately 25 Airmen went through at a time, which took about two and a half hours for each group. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Collings, 301st Fighter Wing Security Forces fire team leader, explains the training his squadron provided.

“For us it’s just simple, hands-on familiarization training with the weapons systems that any Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) would likely use in a deployed environment,” Collings said. “Yet at the same time, we were able to capture a lot of younger Airmen who have not gone through any real-world deployment or been to any deployed environment and … get them honed up on some of their skills.”

This training is in preparation for another Airman Readiness Training Exercise, or ARTEX, scheduled later in the year, which will test Airmen’s abilities to accomplish a mission, function, or objective in various, austere conditions.

“[As for this weekend's training] I think the providers did a great job,” he said. “I think a lot of folks got a lot of good training, all the stations were pretty in-depth...”



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