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Minnesota National Guard
148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Conduct Winter Training

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- With winter winds blowing steady, and wind chills hovering at 30 degrees below zero, 21 members of the 148th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) took over parts of Camp Ripley, Minn, in a four-day combined drill Led by Capt John Christenson and Chief Master Sgt Ryan Gunderson, the Airman of the 148th SFS took part in advanced weapons and tactics skills training while utilizing state-of-the-art weapons and vehicle simulators, as well as a large assault village

During the period of Feb 27 - March 2, the teams of the 148th SFS arrived at Camp Ripley and went straight into simulated combat using the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST 2000) Individual and squad weapons simulators allowed the members to work using M4 assault rifles and M249 Squad Automatic Weapons, overcoming combat situations as a team and handling law enforcement "shoot, don't shoot" scenarios The group then spent two days working in the bitter, winter weather at the Combined Collective Training Facility (CACTF), a mock city set up to simulate any and all building configurations Broken into two squads, the Airmen practiced crossing open areas, entering a building, clearing hallways, rooms and stairwells Stepping up the training, Senior Master Sgt Bill Hawley, Master Sgt Jozef Miketin and Tech Sgt Rob Lucas moved the squads through multiple building search scenarios from alarm activations, search warrant entries, large building clearing and lastly, active shooter scenarios

The last day, the squads were challenged using Camp Ripley's Combat Vehicle Simulator The two squads were assigned spots in a high-tech computer simulator of Highly Mobile Multi-wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT's) Taking part as drivers, gunners and leaders, the member's vehicles are linked together with computer screens taking the members through convoy scenarios on roads simulating Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and attacks being thrown at the team

"Even though the temperatures were frigid, the 148th SFS enthusiastically embarked on another successful training run at Camp Ripley," said Christenson "These trips allow our squadron to hone combat readiness skills that are vital to the ability for us to perform stateside or overseas missions"

March 9, 2014
by Senior Master Sgt William Hawley
148th Fighter Wing Security Forces

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