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    Team Seymour Airmen train in first Expeditionary Skills Training Course



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young 

    4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs   

    SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Team Seymour has taken another step to expand the capabilities of multifunctional Airmen by creating its first two-day Expeditionary Skills Training Course. The first Airmen to embark on this new challenge were the most recent graduates of the SJAFB Airman Leadership School.

    During the course, Airmen with varying skill sets and duty titles received medical training and shoot, move and communicate field operation training scenarios from experienced trainers. The additional training challenges Airmen, both physically and mentally, as they step outside of their day-to-day job to enhance their understanding of base defense, and the importance of medical care in the field.

    “The Airmen that we’re training could encounter similar austere situations during their future deployments,” said Technical Sergeant Jerrold Short, 4 Security Forces Squadron, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of training. “I’ve deployed several times and I’ve been in situations where my team had to prepare individuals that don’t usually fire weapons. Some Airmen may not think that way, and this training helps them mentally prepare for whatever may be thrown their way.”

    On the first day, Airmen were given lessons providing in-depth examples of proper tourniquet use, how to use different bandages, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-saving techniques. All of which could used in a real-world combat zone.

    “This training is very different from my regular job,” said Staff Sergeant Dmetric Howell, 4 Logistics Readiness Squadron supply technician. “I’m typically issuing gear or equipment, but this course has given me the chance to familiarize myself with the gear, learn skills that I may need and network with other Airmen from around the base.”

    The final day of the course culminated with a four-mile ruck march throughout SJAFB. Master Sergeant Darius McKoy, Technical Sergeant Jerrold Short and Senior Airman Dean Anderson led the Airmen through simulated surprise attacks and injects. The naturally exhausting ruck march, which created natural exhaustion for the Airmen, physical and then mental challenges to simulate a real-world situation.

    “In an effort to get after the commander’s intent of “Combat Airman First, Specialist Second,” we’ve initiated our training course for our ALS graduates and frontline leaders,” said Master Sergeant McKoy. “This training will help develop a combat mindset ready to adapt and overcome challenges in a future fight where they will be operating in a contested environment and “sanctuaries” won’t exist…Attitude is a weapon system.”



    Date Taken: 02.13.2020
    Date Posted: 02.13.2020 16:35
    Story ID: 363053
    Location: GOLDSBORO, NC, US 

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