Security Forces training camp deemed success

Master Sgt. Tammy Marks conducts a quick review of a training exercise with members of the 167th Security Forces Squadron during their field training event in Gerrardstown, W.Va., June 22. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Tammy Marks conducts a quick review of a training exercise with members of the 167th Security Forces Squadron during their field training event in Gerrardstown, W.Va., June 22. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Glenn Macher demonstrates litter techniques during the 167th Security Forces Squadron field training event in Gerrardstown, W.Va., June22. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Glenn Macher demonstrates litter techniques during the 167th Security Forces Squadron field training event in Gerrardstown, W.Va., June22. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The 167th Security Forces Squadron put their training days to good use in June, honing their deployed wartime task skills during their annual summer camp.

SFS personnel completed weapons qualifications training as well as field training to include fire team movement and tactical squad movement.

Twenty-eight security forces personnel deployed to the Center for National Response, also known as the Tunnel, in southern W.Va., June 12-16, to complete weapon qualification on the M240B and M249 machineguns as part of their annual training.

Additionally, five days of home station training was conducted prior to a field training exercise June 20-24, in Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Forty airmen from the wing set up camp at the base of North Mountain. Ten of them provided support for the training event while the other thirty airmen practiced numerous skill sets such as land navigation, voice and visual communication techniques, direct and indirect fire reaction, patrol and self-aid and buddy care.

"We got to do a lot of team building, something we don't often get to do," said Master Sgt. John Phillips, 167th SFS combat arms noncommissioned officer in charge and coordinator of the training event. "Overall, it went really well and I think everyone got a lot of out of it," he said.