Security Forces Train for Deployment
By Senior Master Sgt. Lee Straube, 155 Air Refueling Wing
/ Published January 26, 2010
Lincoln, Neb.-- -- Several members from the 155 Security Forces Squadron spent a recent morning beating and handcuffing their fellow airman to better prepare them for an upcoming over-seas deployment.
The training, provided by civilian law enforcement officials included classroom and hands-on-training.
Classroom training tested the security troops on the theory and knowledge needed to accomplish the hands-on-training.
"Each country has different rules about the use of deadly force, so we need to have other tools in our toolbox," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Schmid, a security specialist.
Once the classroom portion was completed, tables and chairs were put in a corner to al-low extra room for the various types of hand-to-hand, baton and handcuff training.
The civilian law enforcement officials started with different types of baton training. The training demonstrated different ways to subdue an attacker by striking them at certain areas of the lower body with an extendable baton while at the same time protecting themselves.
"I thought the training we received was very beneficial in that I now have the confidence knowing I can subdue an attacker larger than myself," commented Senior Airman Katie Paden, "I wish we could have received this type of training sooner."
Other training techniques that were remonstrated and practiced included some hand-to-hand combat and various handcuffing situations.
The results of this training was to provide the security members with techniques to use when attempting to subdue, restrain and control possible perpetrators while deployed.
"The training we received was in-depth and will prove to be valuable to us when we deploy. It has given me more confidence in my abilities to do my job when I deploy," said Airman 1st Class Kyle Eddy.
Members of the security forces are scheduled to leave this week for additional training in desert warfare, security patrols and convoy training before deploying overseas.