What we bring to the fight!
By Tech. Sgt. JT May III, 366 Fighter WIng Public Affairs
/ Published November 06, 2014
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Whether they're standing in 20-degree weather checking identification cards or patrolling the flight line for unauthorized entry, high-speed and security forces may not be synonymous to some. However, the 366th Security Forces Squadron members at Mountain Home Air Force Base would say otherwise.
It's not a secret that Security Forces are heavily relied upon to conduct outside-the-wire missions and work with other service's elite units.
Recently they participated in a Capstone military training event at MHAFB Nov. 4-7.
Capstone was designed to increase combat proficiency and training opportunities for the 366th Maintenance Group, 366th Mission Support Group and 366th Medical Group.
The planning and execution of realistic area of operation scenarios allowed Airmen to operate in a tactical environment. The event was conducted at Saylor Creek and Juniper Butte bombing ranges located southeast of Mountain Home AFB.
The 366th SFS played two integral roles during the training event.
The roles they played were opposing forces (OP-FOR) commonly referred to as the red team and the blue team. The red team was the "bad guys" and the blue team was the "good guys." The blue team consisted of Capt. Ryan Kiggins, 366th SFS operations officer, Staff Sgt. Christopher Yellig, 366th SFS resource advisor, Staff Sgt. Daniel Ball, 366th police services and Airman 1st Class Jonathan Summers, 366th SFS response force member.
The blue team was also equipped with four U.S. Marine Corps joint terminal attack controllers.
"Working with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps stressed the importance of joint training opportunities," said Kiggins.
In the end it's the same mission and goal, be superior on the battlefield.
Once the teams engaged in combat, airstrikes from F-15E Strike Eagles from Mountain Home Air Force Base and AH-64 Apaches from Gowen Field Air National Guard Base, Idaho, began to disseminate the red's team defense. At the same time, the blue team descended from helicopters and provided ground combat support.
They were the major driving force behind the ground component piece.
"We're the infantry of the Air Force," said Staff Sgt. Karla Devia, 366th SFS unit training manager. "At any given time we provide base defense, convey operations and installation security. Capstone is a great example of what we bring to the fight."