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180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, fire M4 Carbines in the kneeling position during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Security forces personnel conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Staff Sgt. Deacon Gilmore, a security forces technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, fastens his gas mask during live-fire training at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Security forces personnel conduct realistic training under realistic conditions, to ensure the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes.

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Tech Sgt. Joshua Hartle, a firearms instructor assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, scores a target during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. 180FW security forces personnel conduct realistic training under realistic conditions, to ensure the highest levels of proficiency for worldwide deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, fire M4 Carbines during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Security forces personnel conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

An Airman assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, fires an M4 Carbine during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Fort Custer provides access to training resources not available at the 180FW, allowing Airmen to get the best training possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Staff Sgt. Xavier Graciani, a security forces technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, uses a marker to review his target during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Airmen conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Range 1, a multi-purpose machine gun range at Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, is used to conduct live-fire training with weapons such as the M-240B, a belt-felt, gas-operated machine gun that shoots 7.62mm rounds. Airmen assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180FW security forces squadron conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Ammunition is counted and distributed for use during live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. 180th Fighter Wing security forces personnel conduct realistic training under realistic conditions, to ensure the highest levels of proficiency for worldwide deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek

Tech Sgt. Joshua Hartle, a firearms instructor assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, conducts a safety brief prior to a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Fort Custer provides access to training resources not available at the 180FW, allowing Airmen to get the best training possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

180FW security forces train at Battle Creek
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An Airman assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, loads ammunition into a magazine for use during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Airmen conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

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Airmen assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, review their targets during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Security forces personnel conduct realistic training under realistic conditions, to ensure the highest levels of proficiency for worldwide deployment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

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Staff Sgt. Xavier Graciani, a security forces technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, prepares his target during a live-fire training exercise at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, April 19, 2018. Fort Custer provides access to training resources not available at the 180FW, allowing Airmen to get the best training possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Wilkes)

Battle Creek, Michigan -- “FIRE!” said the voice. Within seconds, the audible crack of Airmen hitting their targets rang out.

The Security Forces Squadron of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, conducted live-fire training on multiple weapons systems at Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan from April 16-20, 2018.

Airmen assigned to 180FW Security Forces conducted training on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240-B medium machine gun, M203 under-barrel grenade launcher and the M4 carbine. Airmen also took part in Humvee Egress Assistance Training and land navigation fundamentals.

“Training events like this allow us to satisfy annual training requirements while building skillsets related to our core functions, such as base security and law enforcement,” said Maj. Diana Sluhan, operations officer assigned to the 180FW Security Forces Squadron.

Throughout the training event, Airmen fired thousands of rounds through various weapons systems.

“It was a great experience,” said Senior Airman Ronald Callahan, a security forces technician assigned to the 180FW. “The scenarios were more realistic than I expected.”

Following live-fire training, Airmen took aim, using more than 15 different weapons, on the EST 2000, a computerized weapon training system allowing them to operate as a squad in different realistic scenarios that could be encountered in various environments at home and abroad.

“The EST 2000 is a very valuable tool, as it allows us to simulate a wide variety of training scenarios from domestic violence and active shooter to combat operations,” said Sluhan.

According to Staff Sgt. Armando Vargas, a security forces specialist with the 180FW, the simulator is able to produce realistic, controllable scenarios enabling Airmen to communicate and act as a cohesive unit. Presenting these realistic scenarios allows decision making and teamwork to be honed and refined.

Data is collected throughout the simulations, allowing instructors to accurately address and remedy shooting techniques such as trigger pull, aiming and breathing.

“If an Airman is not executing the proper fundamentals of shooting, we are able to correct that in a safe environment,” Vargas said.

Airmen also took part in Humvee Egress Assistance Training, during which, a Humvee is rotated upside down to simulate a vehicle rollover, allowing Airmen to practice emergency exit drills.

According to Sluhan, it is important to maintain and increase proficiency in these areas to ensure Airmen are capable of operating effectively and efficiently, whether at home or overseas.

“This has been a very valuable training period,” said Sluhan. “Fort Custer provides us access to training resources not available at our home base and it is not far away, which maximizes our training period so we can get the best training possible.”

The 180FW and Air National Guard conduct daily training, in realistic environments, under realistic circumstances to ensure our force maintains the highest levels of proficiency and readiness to answer the call to duty.