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14 AF commander visits SF shoot house

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, visits 50th Security Forces Squadron members at their new shoot house April 17, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The shoot house is a multi-purpose training facility open to all Front Range law enforcement to facilitate joint training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Christopher DeWitt)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, visits 50th Security Forces Squadron members at their new shoot house April 17, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The shoot house is a multi-purpose training facility open to all Front Range law enforcement to facilitate joint training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Christopher DeWitt)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, breaches a door at the new 50th Security Forces Squadron shoot house April 17, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond spent the day visiting units at Schriever and engaging with Airmen regarding the mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, breaches a door at the new 50th Security Forces Squadron shoot house April 17, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond spent the day visiting units at Schriever and engaging with Airmen regarding the mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Security Forces Squadron welcomed Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, to their new shoot house April 17 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The Front Range shoot house is a multi-purpose training facility retrofitted not only for 50 SFS members, but all Front Range civilian and military law enforcement personnel. This includes Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson, U.S. Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the numerous civilian law enforcement counterparts in the area.                                                                                                                  
"I was impressed the last time I came here, and I am even more impressed today," said Raymond. "You all are doing great work."

Raymond acknowledged the importance of the shoot house and its capabilities to enhance training for the Security Forces Defenders responsible for protecting the infrastructure which supports the command and control of space systems such as the Global Positioning System, the Defense Satellite Communications System, Wideband Global SATCOM, Milstar and the worldwide Air Force Satellite Control Network.

"It's absolutely critical that our assets here are protected," he said. "Thank you for what you do."

Staff Sgt. Adam Dederick, 50 SFS lead trainer, said it had been a dream to have a facility like this.

"Last year, this was only an idea," Dederick said, "and now beginning May 1, we will begin using our new facility for training."

The squadron applied nearly $500,000 end of year funding to repurpose an existing warehouse on base into a state-of-the-art shoot house, where members could practice tactical training and active-shooter exercises among other activities. Planning began June 2014, when Dederick and his squadron surveyed every shoot house in a 50-mile radius.

Not many bases in the military have such a high-tech training environment for law enforcement to utilize, let alone share with the community.

"Ours (shoot house) is unique," he said.  "It has fully customizable walls, low-light and high-light capabilities, and an impressive camera system."
    
This facility enables members to train and continuously change the exercise landscape in order to keep their skills sharp.

"We need to train in multiple scenarios and environments, so we are prepared to execute in any situation we may encounter," said Dederick.

Not to mention, it allows 50 SFS members the opportunity to train with local law enforcement.

"We get to combine all of our resources, which makes for an unrivaled training environment and better mission ready Airmen," said Dederick.  "We are all highly motivated and eager to start using it."
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