445th SFS Airmen hone skills during winter challenge

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018.

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018. The challenge is designed to provide an experience during inclement weather. The Reserve Citizen Airmen conducted vehicle inspections, participated in low crawl training, building clearing, shoot-move and communicate drills and other training during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Staff Sgt. Anthony Wilson, 445th Security Forces Squadron, runs through mud and grass as he prepares to go into a low crawl during the 2018 Winter Challenge held during the March 2, 2018 unit training assembly.

Staff Sgt. Anthony Wilson, 445th Security Forces Squadron, runs through mud and grass as he prepares to go into a low crawl during the 2018 Winter Challenge held during the March 2, 2018 unit training assembly. The competition covered mental and physical endurance, focusing on skills that Airmen are familiar with. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Staff Sgts. Tyler Heath (top) and Jonathan Prather, 445th Security Forces Squadron, prepare to hit the ground with purpose as they go into a low crawl under wire during the winter challenge exercise March 2, 2018

Staff Sgts. Tyler Heath (top) and Jonathan Prather, 445th Security Forces Squadron, prepare to hit the ground with purpose as they go into a low crawl under wire during the winter challenge exercise March 2, 2018. The challenge is designed to provide a mental and physical experience during inclement weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018.

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018. The challenge is designed to provide an experience during inclement weather. The Reserve Citizen Airmen conducted vehicle inspections, participated in low crawl training, building clearing, shoot-move and communicate drills and other training during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018.

Members of the 445th Security Forces Squadron participate in the unit’s annual winter challenge March 2, 2018. The challenge is designed to provide an experience during inclement weather. The Reserve Citizen Airmen conducted vehicle inspections, participated in low crawl training, building clearing, shoot-move and communicate drills and other training during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

Cold damp weather and a mud-riddled training ground spells fun for the 445th Security Forces squadron during their 2018 “Winter Challenge” held March 3-4, 2018.

 

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 445th Security Forces Squadron endured the elements while completing a one-for-all training session in order to keep their qualifications current. 

 

“We had multiple trainings inside one training exercise,” said Staff Sargent Nicholas Reynolds, 445 Security Forces squadron security manager.

 

Training courses in the reserves are often combined into groups of sessions due to time limitations.

 

According to Senior Airman Aaron Motley, 445th SFS patrolman, the unit incorporated all the training they completed in the past couple months into one scenario.

 

This year the winter challenge covered fire-team movements, hasty entry control point, setting up a constatine barrier for vehicular travel, vehicle searches, low crawling through mud, building clearing, weapon disassemble and reassemble, building a defensive fighting position with sandbags, shoot-move and communicate drills, and pushing a Humvee for 75 yards.

 

“We have a lot of job training skill sets to knock out, and the point of this training was to have a fun day and complete a lot of the requirements out at the same time,” said Reynolds.

 

Initially everyone was not really looking forward to this because of the cold weather and muddy course. But once they got out there away from the office and into the security forces main environment, everyone had a lot of fun, said Reynolds. 

 

The course definitely had some challenging parts but once the Airmen got through it as a team, everyone was pretty fired up and had a good time, he added.

 

Moving from one training station to the next security forces members quickly maneuvered around a shelter to encounter the pop of a smoke grenade and simulated fire. Waiting for them was the low crawl station packed with mud and grass. The trainees hit the ground with purpose and began the low crawl under wire while billowing green smoke fogs there field of view.

 

The Airmen work as a team to get to the end. The first one through turned to help the next get back onto their feet and press forward.

 

“The training teaches us cohesiveness- to work together, communicate loudly and how to not let your teammates down,” said Motley. “I think it went really well. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it.”