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    Training prepares 104th Security Forces Squadron Airman for military, civilian law enforcement opportunities

    Training prepares 104th Security Forces Squadron Airman for military, civillian law enforcement oppertunities

    Photo By Senior Airman Sara Kolinski | Airman Basic Anthony Basile, 104th Security Forces Squadron Defender, ensures the...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Randall Burlingame 

    104th Fighter Wing/Public Affairs

    BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Massachusetts – Airman Basic Anthony Basile, 104th Security Forces Squadron Defender, has wanted to serve in the military and work as a police officer since childhood.

    Enlisting into the Massachusetts Air National Guard has allowed Basile to serve his country and community while also gaining experience that will assist him in becoming a civilian police officer.

    “This is pretty much as close as you can get to law enforcement training,” said Basile. “This is a really great place for me to be right now. It’s the perfect stepping stone.”

    Basile recently returned to the 104th Fighter Wing from Technical Training School, where he received hands on security forces experience and was put through various types of training scenarios, to include base security and combative training.

    “When I went to tech school I learned even more than I thought I would,” said Basile. “The repetition of everything we did in tech school; I really loved it. Whether it was shooting an M4 to an M9, or constantly training in our combative lab. The repetition is what I liked.”

    The Air National Guard utilizes a program called Student Flight, through which new members are introduced to their work centers before leaving for Basic Military training and TTS. Basile said his time working with the 104th SFS members while in Student Flight prepared him for TTS.

    “They set me up,” said Basile. “We went over handcuffing here. They did combatives that we got to watch. This is all stuff we did at tech school, so I was ahead of the game.”

    The training did not stop for Basile after graduating from TTS. He wants to continue to learn from his mentors and supervisors in the squadron, he said.

    “I want to do as much as I can here to help out, and pretty much just be a sponge,” said Basile. “Just learn as much as I can from everybody. There’s so much that I can learn here that will transition into being a civilian cop.”

    Basile said some of his coworkers that also work as civilian police officers have been helping him prepare for his Civil Service Exam. He feels confident that he will eventually reach his goal of becoming a local police officer himself, he said.

    “In term of the physical aspect of the job and knowing the job, I’m pretty confident,” said Basile. “I built that confidence through tech school. They definitely prepared me.”



    Date Taken: 01.11.2019
    Date Posted: 01.11.2019 14:41
    Story ID: 306801
    Location: WESTFIELD, MA, US 
    Hometown: AGAWAM, MA, US

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