Under the big skies and rolling plains of the West, members of the 919th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron ate, slept, trained and lived for most of the month of August.
More than 20 Airmen from the unit ventured Northwest to serve as the opposing force for other Reserve security forces units participating in a field training exercise. All of the 919th’s security forces have gone through similar training as the deployed or occupying force, but here they were required to think and act as if on the opposite side of the conflict.
It’s a real change in mentality,” said Senior Airman Aaron Bradley. “We are trained on how to keep the base secure, but now our job is to find the weaknesses and get in.”
While there, the Airmen lived in the make-shift villages constructed out of large storage containers. Many grew out their facial hair and wore light, cultural garb to appear more like remote Middle Eastern villagers.