Fairchild’s SFS, EOD heavy weapons qualification, familiarization
By Airman 1st Class Lawrence Sena, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 01, 2018
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- --
Team Fairchild Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron and 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team participated in an annual weapons qualification and familiarization training at Coulee Dam, Washington, Sept. 26, 2018.
Security Forces Airmen qualified with the 249AR machine gun, while the EOD team qualified with the M240B machine gun and were introduced to initial familiarization training with the Barret M107 rifle.
Airmen perform weapons qualifications annually in order to maintain versatility with the variety of weapons systems that may be utilized in a deployment setting.
“Security forces are the first line of defense for a base,” said Tech. Sgt. David Dudley, 92nd SFS Combat Arms Instructor. “Having these Airmen qualify on these heavy weapons systems enables them to perform their duties as the first line of defense with success.”
Weapons qualification training is beneficial and crucial for Airmen especially in the event of a short notice deployment tasking by ensuring they are ready to deploy and conduct the mission successfully.
“One of our mission sets as EOD technicians is irregular warfare,” said Senior Airman Taylor Preza, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician. “This means working with special operations teams throughout the Department of Defense and, becoming more familiar with these weapons systems makes us a greater asset to the team instead of being a liability.”
The ability to integrate with joint services improves the capability of performing the mission with success as a joint task force, said Preza.
The benefits of this heavy weapons training enables Airmen to learn and improve the skills necessary for the mission and beyond, said Dudley.
The ability to stay mission-ready enables Airmen to continue to provide timely movement, positioning, and sustainment of joint forces where and when needed.