Security Forces Airmen take Clear aim

168th Wing / Public Affairs
Story by Tech. Sgt. Natalie Stanley

Date: 06.06.2018
Posted: 06.07.2018 21:04
News ID: 280095
Security Forces Airmen take Clear aim

CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska -- Alaska Air National Guard Airmen from the 168th and 268th Security Forces Squadrons conducted training in core law enforcement tasks during a four-day field training exercise at Clear, June 4-7, 2018.

The exercise was the first time since the activation of the 268th in October 2017 that the two squadrons have participated in a combined FTX.

For a squadron that is geographically separated and focuses heavily on training to deploy, the exercise was an opportunity to concentrate on perishable law enforcement skills, while building individual confidence.

“Confidence is incredibly important, especially in the law enforcement setting,” said Capt. Andrew Riffe, commander 168th SFS. “When you’re asking that young Airman to step in…they have to have that command presence and confidence to do their job appropriately.”

The FTX provided realistic, controlled training for Airmen to execute traffic stops, respond to active shooters using simunitions, and practice shoot-move-communicate weapons handling drills.

For security forces specialist Senior Airman Cody Hoxie the training has been a refresher for often underused, but required skills.

“It puts you in situations you don’t deal with every day, so it’s been really good,” said Hoxie. “Practice makes perfect…the first time is kind of rusty, but then it’s like okay I remember how to do it now.”

All scenarios presented during the exercise emphasized the need for communications amongst squad members.

“Communication is huge in security forces,” said Hoxie. “If you’re not communicating well…that’s life or death.”

Ultimately, Riffe would like the security forces FTX to be just one part of a larger wing exercise.

“There is so much possibility with Clear” said Riffe. “We would like to see it grow to encompass some of those other core domestic operations capabilities that the wing brings to the state."