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219th SFS provides new training opportunities for Airmen

Two North Dakota Air National Guard 219th Security Forces Squadron members in uniform climb into the open door of a UH-1N Huey helicopter as it prepares for launch at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jaani Barclay, Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnston of the 54th helicopter squadron member, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Harper, and Airman 1st Class Calvin Sprung of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, board UH-1N-Huey helicopter during force on force training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The Airmen are conducting force on force scenarios to meet annual training security forces requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Christa Anderson)

Two North Dakota Air National Guard 219 Security Forces Squadron members wearing military uniforms sit in a UH-1N Huey helicopter, looking out an open door, as they fly over a rural area near the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Calvin Sprung and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Harper of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, prepare for a UH-1N-Huey helicopter landing during Force on Force training exercises at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The Airmen were conducting force on force scenarios to meet security forces annual training requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Christa Anderson)

A three-person crew of a 54th Helicopter Squadron operate a UH-1N Huey helicopter as the flight engineer peers out an open door while watching the ground for landing during a training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron Capt. Haley Moore, pilot, 1st Lt. Jaani Barclay, co-pilot, and Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnston, flight engineer, operate a UH-1N Huey helicopter as they prepare to land for a 219th Security Forces Squadron force on force training scenario at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Two members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron in military uniform hop off a UH-1N Huey helicopter with rotor blades in motion during a training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron Capt. Haley Moore, pilot, 1st Lt. Jaani Barclay, co-pilot, and Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnston, flight engineer, operate a UH-1N Huey helicopter as they land for a 219th Security Forces Squadron force on force training scenario at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Three North Dakota Air National Guard 219th Security Forces Squadron members in uniform with M4 rifles configured for training run to get into position for a training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Security Forces member of the 219th Security Forces Squadron from left to right Airmen 1st Class Elise Grubb, DezJuan Woodson and Nicholas Sundby move through the field after exiting UH-1N-Huey helicopter during force on force training at the Minot Air Force base on June 24, 2021. The Airmen were conducting force on force Scenarios to meet Security forces annual training requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Christa Anderson)

Two North Dakota Air National Guard members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron in uniform crouch near some bushes with training M4 rifles during a training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Elise Grubb, left, and Airman 1st Class DezJuan Woodson, both of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, crouch into position during a force on force annual training exercise scenario at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The annual training scenario is being done to maintain currency for their career field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Two North Dakota Air National Guard 219th Security Forces Squadron members in military uniform with rifles modified for training lay on their stomachs during a training exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keegan Link points as Airman 1st Class Luke Tweeton, both of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, move into position during a force on force annual training exercise scenario at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The annual training scenario is being done to maintain currency for their career field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Seven members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron 219th Security Forces Squadron walk spread out in a line as they point M4 rifles ahead of them during a training exercise on a training missile launch facility at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021.

Airman 1st Class Keegan Link, walks into position with fellow members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, during a force on force annual training exercise scenario at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The annual training scenario is being done to maintain currency for their career field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Traditionally, the 219th SFS would conduct all its training in one location, such as the Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC), near Devils Lake, N.D. However, this year, supplemental training was held at Minot AFB, N.D., and Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, Minn., which collectively facilitated the accomplishment of specific training requirements unique to the mission of nuclear missile field security.

The split-location training afforded Airmen the opportunity to fire the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the M249 light machine gun, the M240 machine gun and the Mk 19 grenade launcher at Camp Ripley, and the M4 rifle and M9 pistol at the CGTC. It also enabled Airmen and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) to further their leadership development by providing more opportunities to lead across multiple locations.

“One of our big pushes is non-commissioned officer development,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Frankl, of the 219th Security Forces Squadron. “This type of training provides our new Airmen and NCOs the opportunity to implement leadership skills and develop them a little more by separating them.”

Defenders from the 219th also participated in force-on-force training at Minot AFB, incorporating UH-1N Huey helicopters and BearCat armored personnel vehicles.

“We integrated with BearCats, the 54th Helicopter Squadron and Humvees, which made this our biggest force-on-force annual training we’ve had to date,” said Frankl. “The integration with the helicopter allows us to learn their language and communicate with them a little better. It gave us the chance to properly set up a landing zone, properly call in what we need for weapons fire, and really hone in on the communication skills.”

Furthermore, the 219th SFS commander’s support staff built a structured training plan for the upper-level NCOs to accomplish force development. The plans aided the NCOs with the day-to-day tasks of helping new Airmen, such as putting them on orders, ensuring appropriate temporary duty travel status and providing better operational familiarity to make their job easier.

“I think it was a huge success,” said Frankl. “From a training aspect, this is one of the top years, if not the top.”

“There were a lot of moving parts, and it came together pretty seamlessly,” said Frankl. “During force-on-force, the team got to do things they’d never done before. It’s not about the ‘I’, it’s about the team.”

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