NAS FALLON --
The 152nd Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron - accompanied by one public affairs officer -- recently spent a few days here for its annual weapons qualification and time in the field. The field was provided by the Fallon Range Training Complex, located on a playa located on Naval Air Station Fallon.
An advance team traveled in a convoy and set up the training site on June 12 prior to the main body of troops who arrived via a Nevada Army Guard Chinook helicopter.
Weapons fired during the training included the M4 (.223 rifle), the M9 (9mm pistol), and the M870 (12-gauge shotgun).
The field training also provided opportunities for problem-solving and hands-on learning experiences. Seasoned Airmen helped younger troops with tasks ranging from how to set up a tent to how to live comfortably while in the field.
Retired Army Master Sgt. John Manfredi, the Nevada Guard's lands and range manager, and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Shipp, the range's noncommissioned officer in charge, were present to support the marksmanship training.
Master Sgt. Jason Huth, the NCOIC of the combat arms training and maintenance team, directed the weapons training and qualification portion of the operation. Huth, a 19-year CATM veteran, and his team ensured a safe, constructive learning and shooting environment for all participants.
Airman 1st Class Richard Sharber, who has been with the squadron for 18 months, enjoyed his first field training with the unit.
"I never thought that I'd be riding on a helicopter!" he said.
Tech. Sgt. Nemiah Rutledge and Staff Sgt. Lea Pope of the 152 Airlift Wing's Force Support Squadron provided hot meals and coffee for the troops in the field. Both said it was nice to be in the field performing their jobs. The security forces Airmen enjoyed hot breakfasts and dinners along with their lunches of Meals, Ready to Eat.
The squadron's mascot "Bob" was in Fallon for the training as well. If one ever need a conversation starter with a security forces Airman, ask how "Bob" is doing.