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Reserve security forces get back to combat basics

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Kurt Jordan quickly searches simulated enemy remains for weapons and items of importance during an ambush April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Kurt Jordan quickly searches simulated enemy remains for weapons and items of importance during an ambush April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Joseph Schwartz conducts a class on the philosophy of camouflage to a team of security forces members April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadron held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. Schwartz, assigned to the 310th SFS, was invited to provide additional SFS knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Joseph Schwartz conducts a class on the philosophy of camouflage to a team of security forces members April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadron held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. Schwartz, assigned to the 310th SFS, was invited to provide additional SFS knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Kurt Jordan (left) provides rear protection against potential enemy surprises during a compound raid April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Kurt Jordan (left) provides rear protection against potential enemy surprises during a compound raid April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists from the 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons based out of Colorado receive an operations order for the day’s simulated mission prior to heading out April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th SFS held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists from the 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons based out of Colorado receive an operations order for the day’s simulated mission prior to heading out April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th SFS held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller (left) and AF Reserve Senior Airman Grant Nelson, security forces members, thoroughly check their time and position on a map during a training mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th are out of Schriever AFB. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller (left) and AF Reserve Senior Airman Grant Nelson, security forces members, thoroughly check their time and position on a map during a training mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th are out of Schriever AFB. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists Tech. Sgt. Matthew Scandrol aggressively fires at an enemy compound during a training mission while Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Hathoway overlooks the mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadron held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists Tech. Sgt. Matthew Scandrol aggressively fires at an enemy compound during a training mission while Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Hathoway overlooks the mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadron held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve security forces members storm an enemy compound during a training mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve security forces members storm an enemy compound during a training mission April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ji Song receives combat medical attention from Senior Airman Francisco Linarez during a simulated ambush April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ji Song receives combat medical attention from Senior Airman Francisco Linarez during a simulated ambush April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists carry off simulated wounded to a neutral area while Senior Airman Hunter Weiss provides rear cover during a compound raid April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reservists carry off simulated wounded to a neutral area while Senior Airman Hunter Weiss provides rear cover during a compound raid April 9, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve security forces members covertly review their next position move on a map during a training  mission April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)
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Air Force Reserve security forces members covertly review their next position move on a map during a training mission April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Camouflaged and positioned, Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Kelly Carney focuses on an anticipated enemy ambush April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)
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Camouflaged and positioned, Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Kelly Carney focuses on an anticipated enemy ambush April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons held a six-day combat leaders course while living in field conditions. Each day’s mission is designed around the main objective of the day’s classroom instruction, placing practical application of combat maneuvers into complex mission environments. The 710th SFS is out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and the 310th SFS is out of Schriever AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force Reserve's 710th and 310th Security Forces Squadrons sharpened their deployment skills April 7-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Jack's Valley training range in southern Colorado.

More than 15 of the SFS "Defenders," based here and Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., took part in the Combat Leaders Course, teaching security forces members to lead Airmen under the stress of combat conditions. With a majority focus on the non-commissioned officer ranks, members took turns in leadership positions while a variety of scenarios challenged each SFS Airmen to think critically under fire.

The three-day course was broken down into multiple teaching environments and scenarios, including improvised explosive device discovery training, camouflage and concealment, ambush retaliation, enemy combatant searches, rescuing injured personnel from downed aircraft and land navigation. All the while, successfully executing the scenarios as cohesive teams.
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