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301 FW Defenders sharpen skills

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Senior Airman Roy Johnson, (right) Staff Sgt. Kristopher Duque, follow the lead of (center) 301 FW SFS fire team leader, Tech Sgt. Scott Kingston as they perform a walkthrough of shoot, move, communicate during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. Field training reinforces security fundamentals so the maneuvers become instinctual, and the Airmen are able to perform under pressure in elevated stress environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Senior Airman Roy Johnson, (right) Staff Sgt. Kristopher Duque, follow the lead of (center) 301 FW SFS fire team leader, Tech Sgt. Scott Kingston as they perform a walkthrough of shoot, move, communicate during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. Field training reinforces security fundamentals so the maneuvers become instinctual, and the Airmen are able to perform under pressure in elevated stress environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Staff Sgt. Timothy Hobson and (right) Airman First Class Ryan Gomas low crawl as part of fire team movements during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. Repetitious maneuvers and team work creates a more cohesive training environment, ensuring when the time comes for them to protect, defend and fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Staff Sgt. Timothy Hobson and (right) Airman First Class Ryan Gomas low crawl as part of fire team movements during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. Repetitious maneuvers and team work creates a more cohesive training environment, ensuring when the time comes for them to protect, defend and fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Staff Sgt. Clay Wallace and (right) Staff Sgt. Ryan Gomas perform fire team movements during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. With SFS’s mission being to protect, defend and fight, Airmen must learn how to maneuver to, or away from a threat and communicate those movements with their team so that it can be done effectively and in a coordinated fashion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron fire team members, (Left) Staff Sgt. Clay Wallace and (right) Staff Sgt. Ryan Gomas perform fire team movements during a field training exercise at U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 6, 2021. With SFS’s mission being to protect, defend and fight, Airmen must learn how to maneuver to, or away from a threat and communicate those movements with their team so that it can be done effectively and in a coordinated fashion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Downs)

U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas --

The 301st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron engage in a field training exercise Saturday afternoon, March 6, 2021, performing walkthroughs of shoot, move, communicate and fire team movements.

As the Security Forces Airmen continue to maintain readiness, they have learned to adapt and advance in various austere conditions — including a COVID environment.

“Our Defenders have and continue to be adaptable and resilient”, said 301 FW SFS Commander Lt. Col. Anthony Carter. “Watching the squadron come up with creative training ideas and then implementing them in a safe manner has been rewarding to watch and something we must continue to do.”

Realistic field training reinforces learned fundamentals until maneuvers become instinctual. SFS Airmen must be able to perform under pressure, think critically and apply their training to match the levels needed in any stressful environment. 301 FW SFS Unit Deployment Manager Master Sgt. John Kuhn shared how training for any situation builds teamwork defenders need.

Kuhn said, “These training exercises help us get used to working together and communicating as a unit, especially while using weapons, although we didn’t used live weapons today. Getting those repetitions in and working as a team, creates cohesion and a realistic training environment. It ensures when the time comes for any defender to do what they have to do in the real world, they are ready to go.”

The SFS’s mission is to protect, defend and fight. Airmen must learn how to assess any situation, maneuver to or away from a threat and communicate those movements with their various team members so threats can be neutralized, or objectives can be met effectively and in a highly coordinated fashion.

301 FW SFS Fire Team Member Staff Sgt. Vincente Villarreal explains the importance of Airman using every available skill in order to achieve mission success.

“When some join the military, many think of the general fighting principles such as defending and protecting, and I think security forces brings a lot of that together. We protect assets, people, and defend the base,” said Villareal. “It’s not always about force. Problem solving, critical thinking, prevention and emotional intelligence are just as important for us to effectively serve.”