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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera, systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera, systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera, systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey and Airman 1st Class Brayan Rivera, systems technicians assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, practice their land navigation skills during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jarrod Hardrick, 36th Contingency Response Support Squadron training and readiness flight commander, uses a compass to plot his route during land navigation skills training on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Students spent three weeks learning various skills to help them in combat and survival during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jarrod Hardrick, 36th Contingency Response Support Squadron training and readiness flight commander, uses a compass to plot his route during land navigation skills training on North West Field, Guam, April 13, 2021. Students spent three weeks learning various skills to help them in combat and survival during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Tonnar, combat readiness school instructor assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, tests a student’s response to being attacked on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Tonner was one of several instructors leading exercise Dragon Forge 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Tonnar, combat readiness school instructor assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, tests a student’s response to being attacked on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Tonner was one of several instructors leading exercise Dragon Forge 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

Dragon Forge participants look on during the combatives demonstration of exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

Dragon Forge participants look on during the combatives demonstration of exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey, systems technician assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, assumes a fighting position during combatives training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Lixey was one of 44 students participating in exercise Dragon Forge 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam Lixey, systems technician assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, assumes a fighting position during combatives training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Lixey was one of 44 students participating in exercise Dragon Forge 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

An instructor for exercise Dragon Forge assists students attempting to plot coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

An instructor for exercise Dragon Forge assists students attempting to plot coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

Dragon Forge participants practice plotting coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

Dragon Forge participants practice plotting coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, use a map to plot coordinates during land navigation skills training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Students spent three weeks learning various skills to help them in combat and survival during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, use a map to plot coordinates during land navigation skills training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Students spent three weeks learning various skills to help them in combat and survival during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

A student from the 644th Combat Communications Squadron gives a thumps up after successfully plotting coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Students took part in exercise Dragon Forge a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)
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A student from the 644th Combat Communications Squadron gives a thumps up after successfully plotting coordinates using a map during their classroom portion of training on North West Field, Guam, April 9, 2021. Students took part in exercise Dragon Forge a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Stephen McShane, combat readiness school instructor assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, leads a class during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 8, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Stephen McShane, combat readiness school instructor assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, leads a class during exercise Dragon Forge on North West Field, Guam, April 8, 2021. Exercise Dragon Forge is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel)

An U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, provides overwatch during a field training exercise on North West Field, Guam, April 22, 2021. Students were tested on the skills and knowledge they gained over the past several weeks during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Helena Owens)
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An U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, provides overwatch during a field training exercise on North West Field, Guam, April 22, 2021. Students were tested on the skills and knowledge they gained over the past several weeks during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Helena Owens)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, stand guard at an entry control point during a field training exercise on North West Field, Guam, April 22, 2021. Students were tested on the skills and knowledge they gained over the past several weeks during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Helena Owens)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, stand guard at an entry control point during a field training exercise on North West Field, Guam, April 22, 2021. Students were tested on the skills and knowledge they gained over the past several weeks during exercise Dragon Forge. Exercise DF is a combat skills training course that prepares participants to deploy to austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Helena Owens)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

Airmen from the 644th Combat Communications Squadron, 36th Contingency Response Squadron and 36th Contingency Response Support Squadron are showing what it means to be multi-capable.

Over the course of three weeks, 44 students took part in exercise Dragon Forge at North West Field on Andersen AFB, Guam. The exercise is a combat skills training course designed to teach, train and build Airmen deploying to austere locations.

“Students spent two weeks in the classroom and one week in the field,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Zertuche, combat readiness school instructor assigned to the 644th CBCS. “For the classroom portion, we taught them everything from combatives to navigation skills, rules of engagement and convoy training.”

The training was designed to prepare them for any situation they might find themselves in whether it is navigating the jungles in Guam or downrange in a firefight.

“Every Airmen that deploys needs to be prepared for whatever comes at them and this course is designed to set them up for success,” said Zertuche.

This training ensures every Airmen that participated is prepared to prevail at all times rather than waiting to receive the training prior to a deployment.

“War could pop off tomorrow or we could get deployed and we needed this kind of training to be prepared for that type of contingency,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Blake Hawley, air transportation journeyman assigned to the 36th CRS. “I feel that I am well prepared to face any obstacle that stands in my way.”

The exercise wrapped up with a two-day field training exercise that put their new multi-capable skills on full display.

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