Ohio Air Guardsmen train security forces with Alaska National Guard
By Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Halla, 176 WG
/ Published July 26, 2013
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Fifteen 179th Security Forces Squadron members, along with 28 other Ohio Air Guardsmen, came here to perform their two-week annual training with the Alaska Air National Guard from July 20 to Aug. 3.
The security forces group trained on helicopter insertion and squad movement tactics with the help of Alaska Army Guard pilots and Alaska Air National Guard security forces trainers July 24.
After the Ohioans were transported via a UH-60 Black Hawk to the Mad Bull training site here, they trekked through a mock urban village to clear buildings, react to contact and deal with force-on-force situations using training ammunition. Similar to paint-ball rounds, the training ammunition allows for a realistic and safe training scenario.
"We don't get to do this very often," said Capt. Doug Noblet, commander of the 179th Security Forces Squadron. "This is a really good opportunity. We're thankful to everyone here who helped put this together."