Commando Warrior enhances Pacific security operations
by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wiseman
36th Wing Public Affairs
NORTHWEST FIELD -- Thirty-one active duty Air Force, Air National Guard and U.S. Navy members graduated from the basic security operations course May 16 at the Pacific Regional Training Center here.
Members of the 736th Security Forces Squadron Commando Warrior Flight operate the PRTC and train frontline defenders from the Pacific area of responsibility on U.S. Central Command and regional training requirements to support contingency missions and home station security.
During the 17-day course, students received in-depth training about convoy operations, counter improvised explosive devices, navigation techniques, advanced weapons tactics and other skills to promote base and mobile security. These skills are most vital to defenders when deploying downrange.
"The training they receive here is extremely important," said Senior Airman Justin Klukan, 736th SFS Commando Warrior PRTC cadre. "During the BSO course, students are thrown into realistic scenarios to see how they would react during a real-world situation. It is better for students to realize their reactions to certain situations in training then to just figure it out during deployment. Here, they get hands-on training that can't be duplicated at home station."
With nearly 16 hours of class work or field application each day, students are given the maximum time to learn new skills and hone ones they already know.
"We were put through a serious test during this training," said 1st Lt. Kevin Nelson, 168th Security Forces Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. "It's great to see the Airmen and NCOs work in this environment and train to lead and fight as if it was real."
The 736th SFS Commando Warrior Flight made sure training remained at a high tempo throughout the course and aided students who needed help or clarification.
"The instructors were great," continued Nelson. "They were very professional. I was really impressed after seeing the progress that my unit and other students were making."
As the PRTC continues to train up to eight classes a year, the commando warrior flight stands ready to prepare frontline defenders to support contingency missions all across the world.
"We work hard out here to train new students to the best of our abilities," Klukan said. "Any of our instructors will agree that it is worth the long days to know that these defenders will be ready to deploy when they leave our training site."