Airmen Get New Skills For War




 
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April 10th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 

Topic: Airmen Get New Skills For War


10 Apr. Los Angeles Times: Airmen Get New Skills For War

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... For a service usually stationed so far from the front lines that it has earned the sobriquet "Chair Force," some of the scenes now unfolding at the Air Force's primary training base almost seem blasphemous.

New recruits are being trained to use rifles. They are being taught hand-to-hand combat skills. They are being prepped as battlefield medics. The new regimen is part of a complete revamp of basic training ordered by Air Force commanders in somewhat belated recognition that their airmen, once sent to large isolated bases with hundreds of thousands of troops between them and enemy forces, are now regularly in harm's way.

In Iraq, the Air Force has taken over supply convoys to ease the burden on the Army and Marine Corps, and specialized forces have been used in Army-like combat patrols, conducting raids and seizing suspected insurgents outside such facilities as Balad air base, north of Baghdad. Commanders estimate that about a third of all Air Force personnel have been deployed to the Middle East and Central Asia since Sept. 11, 2001...


I thought some of you, esp. one young guy in particular, would find this an interesting read.
April 10th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
All i can say is it is about time.

It should have been recognized long ago that IF an airbase was overran what would happen if the men and women were not trained to defend themselves.
April 10th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
Right on!
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April 10th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 


I used to think just like this when I was overseas. But now I can rest a little better knowing that the US Air Force is actually training it's airmen for war.

(GO ARMY!)
April 10th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
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Originally Posted by 5.56X45mm
I used to think just like this when I was ovcerseas. But now I can rest a little better knowing that the US Air Force is actually training it's airmen for war.
I'm in the Air Force and even I was nervous around Big Air Force airmen. A lot of these guys have been risking their lives outside of the wire for some time now as well, some with mediocre training (we and others would often use our downtime to help give these guys as well as some Army NG units a leg up, it was like starting from scratch) and little or no support.

There's been a big shift in big AF over the past couple of years to get back to its roots, and stop ignoring everyone that doesn't fly or directly support those that fly.

Now, we just have to hope the heavy collared fly boys don't screw it up.



April 10th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
Now this begs the questions just who are they training to go out and fight. It can't be the service mechanics are they will be required on the base. I would doubt if it would be the cooks or Medics as they would be required in the base. Now does the US Air force carry such a large staff of non urgent people that they can spare for this work, and if they have a capacity then why make them into an Infantry defence Battalion to do these duties on a regular basis
April 10th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
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Originally Posted by LeEnfield
Now this begs the questions just who are they training to go out and fight. It can't be the service mechanics are they will be required on the base. I would doubt if it would be the cooks or Medics as they would be required in the base. Now does the US Air force carry such a large staff of non urgent people that they can spare for this work, and if they have a capacity then why make them into an Infantry defence Battalion to do these duties on a regular basis

The enlisted AF is not just made of mechanics and cooks.

The largest careerfield the Air Force has is Security Forces (Military Police). Airfield defense is their mission, but they've also had to adapt and take on new missions. You also need transportation units, CE, EOD etc for certain ops outside of the AB/FOB.

The opportunity for these missions have always been there, it's just the AF that's been complacent in preparing for them.

This is a very good thing for our conventional AF as long as they continue to give it the attention it needs, and stick with it, even when units return CONUS.
April 11th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
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Originally Posted by PJ24

The enlisted AF is not just made of mechanics and cooks.

The largest careerfield the Air Force has is Security Forces (Military Police). Airfield defense is their mission, but they've also had to adapt and take on new missions. You also need transportation units, CE, EOD etc for certain ops outside of the AB/FOB.

The opportunity for these missions have always been there, it's just the AF that's been complacent in preparing for them.

This is a very good thing for our conventional AF as long as they continue to give it the attention it needs, and stick with it, even when units return CONUS.
I agree, I do not feel nor believe that any military member should go without at least the rudimentary basics of what to do in case of a fire fight or assault on a base they are stationed at. Sure you have the MPs and security guards. But what happens if (worst case scenario) we go to war elsewhere in the world and an USAF Airbase gets a fullscale attack thrown against it? Artillery, Tanks, Aircraft, Infantry etc. The security details are only going to be able to handle so much before they get overran. Those boys and girls in blue are going to be easy meat for any half trained militia. Let alone any well trained army.
April 11th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
My uncle who died a few years back lobbied long and hard for two decades for this to become part of USAF basic training after he returned from Vietnam. He witnessed the assault on USAF bases there and was appalled at airmen's inability to defend themselves. He can rest in peace now.
April 15th, 2006  
A Can of Man
 
 
South Korea's been doing this sort of thing for years.