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Andersen's PRTC trains frontline defenders

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  • By Senior Airman Benjamin Wiseman
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
"Contact front!" echoes through the trees as a cadre from the 736th Security Forces Squadron Commando Warrior Flight instructs a class of defenders training for upcoming combat operations at the Pacific Air Forces Regional Training Center here, Nov. 7.

Airmen from the 736 SFS Commando Warrior Flight are responsible for training frontline defenders from all bases assigned to PACAF on Central Command and regional training requirements so they can deploy.

"We can train 1,500 defenders per year," said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Crow, 736 SFS Commando Warrior Flight operations noncommissioned officer in-charge. "We split ten classes up with 150 slots in each class."

Airmen from the 736 SFS Commando Warrior Flight strive to make the training as real as possible for the frontline defenders to prepare them for real-world scenarios.

"Commando Warrior builds scenarios for the frontline defenders to expose them to real world threats in a safe environment," Sergeant Crow added. "It allows them to see a scenario in a training environment, practice the scenario and prepare in case it happens during a deployment."

The curriculum for the class is broken up into different sections to include: counter improvised explosive device training, advanced tactics, convoy operations, and navigational skills.

During the 17-day training course, defenders are put through a robust schedule of training. Some days the training is very intense and can last more than 16 hours. The class also trains straight through with no days off.

"This training was great. I've been through two different PRTC courses and what the 736 SFS is doing here on Andersen is as real as it gets," said Capt. Joseph Eanett, operations officer from 35th Security Forces Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan. "This training taught me how to lead in chaos and how to regain control in a zero-control, intense environment and then attack. I am highly impressed with the training that the 736 SFS is providing."

Some of the training received by the defenders will be carried back and used by the individual's home station training section.

"I will definitely be incorporating some of the training I received here back into my squadron in Misawa," Captain Eanett continued. "When training for deployment, the more real the better."

As more frontline defenders from PACAF are tasked to deploy, the Andersen PRTC and the Airmen from the 736 SFS Commando Warrior Flight will continue to train more defenders to ensure each is ready for battle.