Security forces BEEF up engineers' capabilities

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Airman 1st Class Brandon Elmenhurst, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron horizontal repair apprentice, performs a short halt during a patrol July 29, 2013, on Northwest Field, Guam. A short halt is when the formation takes up a defensive position before continuing the patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Emily A. Bradley)
Airman 1st Class Brandon Elmenhurst, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron horizontal repair apprentice, performs a short halt during a patrol July 29, 2013, on Northwest Field, Guam. A short halt is when the formation takes up a defensive position before continuing the patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Emily A. Bradley)

Security forces BEEF up engineers' capabilities

by: Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley | .
36th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: August 02, 2013

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Trainers from the 736th Security Forces Squadron paired up with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron in a unique training opportunity to increase expeditionary skills of the prime Base Emergency Engineer Force, or prime BEEF, July 29 on Northwest Field.

The purpose of the training was to increase the 36th CES Airmen's abilities to respond to global threats and provide them with the most up-to-date tactics and procedures used in deployed environments.

"This training will help our Airmen survive in dangerous situations and in high-threat environments like Afghanistan," said Master Sgt. Jacob Tefteller, 36th CES readiness NCO in charge. "Another benefit is the Airmen who learned these skills can pass the knowledge to others in our squadron."

Master Sgt. Eduardo Zepeda, 36th CES electrical systems NCO in charge said the training was important because, while prime BEEF Airmen keep their numerous specialty skills sharp by assisting in maintaining the base, the course served as a refresher on the tasks unique to a deployed location.

Prime BEEF Airmen spent time in the classroom to learn a variety of ground combat skills which included night vision, mission planning and development, various fighting positions, and base security operations. After the class finished, the Airmen applied the skills in the field.

"Each of these new skills the Airmen learned raises their level of knowledge of deployment operations," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Dirner, 736th Security Forces Squadron combat skills instructor. "When it comes time for them to perform, they will remember what they learned."

Prime BEEF Airmen must complete dismounted operations training, where Airmen leave tactical vehicles and patrol in formations on foot, as part of their home station training requirement.

"It's really nice to have hands-on training and a facility to work in, provided by the 736th SFS, that will keep our Airmen ready to deploy," Tefteller said.

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