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173rd Security Forces train for deployments both in-state and abroad

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

173rd Security Forces Squadron defenders train for security sweep missions in a deployed envioronment at a remote training area near Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore., May 9, 2018. The training was designed to enhance expeditionary skills needed for missions overseas and at home. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD FW Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William Brow, 173rd Security Forces Squadron conducts a security sweep during training designed to enhance his expeditionary skills be it in the state or overseas, May 9, 2018.

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wade Owen, 173rd Security Forces Squadron, discusses plans with his team during a training operation May 10, 2018, at a training area near Klamath Falls, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wade Owen, 173rd Security Forces Squadron, puts on full “battle rattle” during training designed to enhance expeditionary skills needed for overseas deployments, May 9, 2018. The training also addressed the in-state missions of disaster intervention and emergency response, which may require them to deploy more locally. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wade Owen, 173rd Security Forces Squadron, practices diplomatic skills in the field during training designed to enhance expeditionary skills needed for overseas deployments, May 9, 2018. The training also addressed the in-state missions of disaster intervention and emergency response, which may require them to deploy more locally. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William Brow, 173rd Security Forces Squadron conducts security sweep operations during training designed to enhance unit expeditionary skills be it here in the state or overseas, May 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

173rd Security Forces Squadron members convoy to a local training area outside of Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base during training designed to enhance their ability to deploy, May 9, 2018. The training focused on the deployed mission overseas as well as emergency response and disaster mitigation here in the state of Oregon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

173RD SFS Trains for deployments

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lucas Ritter, 173rd Security Forces Squadron commander addresses his defenders during training for the deployed environment be it overseas or in-state, May 9, 2018. The training took place at a remote location outside of Klamath Falls, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Riley Johnson)

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The 173rd Security Forces Squadron organized its annual training with an eye toward skills they will need in a deployed environment, either overseas or here in the state.

Security Forces Training Manger, Tech. Sgt. Tim Lombardi explains that this year is somewhat different than previous years.

“We needed to get the vast majority of our DSG force recertified in their positions, and on top of that we wanted field training exercises and field training conditions to make sure we were meeting the federal mission tasking,” he said.

In the past, the entire leadership structure has collaborated on what the squadron needs to focus on, but this time around it was almost entirely driven by the state and federal requirements of the Security Forces Mission set.

Some examples of that training include emphasis on outside-the-wire missions like convoy operations and counter-insurgency operations where Airmen trained in scenarios requiring diplomacy with foreign nationals during patrol sweeps and many other deployment-centered skills.

“Many of our young Airmen have never been through that,” said Lombardi. “They haven’t been to the regional training center yet for deployment, so it was a great way to see our fire-team leaders gain that experience and a lot of our young Airmen be challenged in that regard.”

Lombardi goes on to say that when they do deploy overseas they could be tasked with anything from airbase defense to personal security detail or law enforcement training for foreign military members as well as the outside-the-wire missions. 

“It’s not a question of ‘am I ever going to use these skills?’ but when,” said Lombardi. “When you look at the 173rd mission motto—Ready Defenders—this training is so applicable to us because we’ve told the Air Force ‘were ready for whatever you need us to do.’”

Additionally, the training hit items for local deployments to support the state of Oregon for events that are top priorities such as a response to an earthquake or tsunami from a Cascadia Subduction zone event. Lombardi says that this period of two-week training is excellent but that he sees it as a really good primer for next year’s training.

“Honestly this was a great warm-up for next AT,” he said, and added that it helped them practice the logistics that will allow them to train at a further location, which will add another layer or realism to that training.