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Gen. Raymond coins 50th SFS Airmen

Three 50th Security Forces Squadron Airmen earned coins from Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force for assisting with his M18 training Aug. 19, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The training took one hour to complete and Airmen provided Raymond with weapon familiarization where they highlighted the different weapon, magazine and grip sizes of the M18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Three 50th Security Forces Squadron Airmen earned coins from Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force for assisting with his M18 training Aug. 19, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The training provided Raymond with weapons familiarization and showed the differences in the next generation weapons platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Three 50th Security Forces Squadron Airmen earned coins from Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, after assisting with an M18 pistol qualification training Aug. 19, at Bldg. 810.

Raymond honored Tech. Sgt. Brian Litney, noncommissioned officer in charge of combat arms, Tech. Sgt. Garrett Brew, combat arms instructor, and Staff Sgt. Casey Grant, combat arms instructor, for helping him earn his qualification in less than 48 hours of receiving his assigned weapon.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been coined, but it’s the first time I’ve been coined by the [chief of space operations], so that’s pretty historic,” Litney said. “I can look back and tell my grandchildren this was a cool experience. [Being coined by Raymond] is something to be excited about.”

Initially, Raymond’s security team contacted other local bases to access the training, but none had available slots. 

“[His team] contacted us a day or two prior to his training and we happened to have the flexibility to adapt our schedule to facilitate the General first experience with the Department of Defense’s new handgun,” Litney said. “We were happy to take care of General Raymond and his team to get them qualified.”   

The training was required as the Air Force switches from the M9 Beretta service pistol to the M18 modular handgun system. The training included weapons familiarization where Airmen highlighted the different weapon, magazine and grip sizes of the M18, and the differences between the M9 and M18 pistol.

Raymond also completed the live fire portion of the M18 qualification at the installation's weapons training facility. 

“It was great being able to help – you don’t get to assist a [chief of space operations] often so all three of us were happy to do it,” Brew said. “It was a chance to do a qualification and get face time with the top service chief of the Space Force and we got to work with some of his [Office of Special Investigations] agents, too.”

The 50th SFS has hosted numerous notable officers such as the commander for the Inspector General’s Office and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

“No matter who comes in, we know how to do our job and we make sure to do it well,” Grant said.

Litney shared Grant’s sentiments and said he was confident in his Airmen’s ability to teach the weapons systems to Raymond, or anyone else who enters their facility.

“My instructors have to go through annual training requirements as far as instruction and weapons mechanics,” Litney said. “I evaluate them on their ability to speak and perform in front of individuals on the weapons systems they teach. I’d expect them to exude excellence in all they do when instructing someone on weapons systems, especially as high caliber as General Raymond. I had no doubt everyone there would take care of business.”

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