Annual training takes place in Volk Field
By Capt. Joseph Hardin, 114th Security Forces Squadron
/ Published February 20, 2009
Sioux Falls, S.D. -- The Security Forces Squadron sent 47 members to Volk Field, Wis. for Annual Training January 3-17. SFS was joined by Ready Augmentee Commander Capt. Kevin Miller who participated alongside the members of Security in all scenarios. In addition, eight members of the Services flight and one motivated Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harrison Lippert also made the trek to Volk.
The training focus for Security Forces was on Weapons Training, SFS common job skills and many other tasks specific to the SFS mission.
"The emphasis of our annual training was on the Law Enforcement functions of Security Forces," said Squadron Commander, Capt. Joe Hardin. "That was one of the major roles that we assumed on our last overseas deployment. Another important part of the training dealt with responding, securing and managing major accidents and incidents. Very important training as we head into two significant events, the Sioux Falls Air Show and the Unit Compliance Inspection."
SFS utilized some of the latest technology based virtual trainers provided by the Wisconsin NG, Combat Readiness Training Center. The Warrior Skills Trainer provided scenarios on a giant video screen, troops patrolled in a Humvee with a mounted .50-caliber machine gun, combat convoy operations as well as fire team training. The Engagement Skills Trainer provided valuable tactical shoot-don't shoot training with multiple weapon systems while working as a squad-fire team. The Wisconsin Counterdrug program's newly constructed High Risk Entry Facility provided the location for SFS members to put it all together for an outstanding operational finish.
The Services Flight, led by Senior Master Sgt. Scott Schaeffer, took over the kitchen at Volk Field and provided 946 delicious meals to the Airmen. Their valuable training in meal planning and execution was completed with a steak fry at the Volk Field Club.