Beverly Herd 16-01: 51st SFS, ROK army fend off opposing forces

A 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team member searches “outside the wire” for simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team member searches “outside the wire” for simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A special operations forces member from the Republic of Korea army scouts the area for simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A special operations forces member from the Republic of Korea army scouts the area for simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, center, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, issues instructions to disarm simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, center, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, issues instructions to disarm simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, and a special operations forces member from the Republic of Korea army work together during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, and a special operations forces member from the Republic of Korea army work together during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

An HH-60P Pave Hawk loaded with Republic of Korea army special operations forces members lands on the flightline for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The SOF members trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

An HH-60P Pave Hawk loaded with Republic of Korea army special operations forces members lands on the flightline for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The SOF members trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members ruck march after stepping off of HH-60P Pave Hawks for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The SOF members trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members ruck march after stepping off of HH-60P Pave Hawks for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The SOF members trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members and a 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team work together during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members and a 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team work together during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A simulated armed intruder rushes to the flight line during a training scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A simulated armed intruder rushes to the flight line during a training scenario for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Defending the men and women of Osan is one challenge to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, but defending an entire country is another.

To bring a force multiplier to the table, the 51st SFS defenders trained with the Republic of Korea army special operations forces during a training scenario May 11, here.

“We test our defenders by teaching them different ways attacks can happen. as well as strengthening our bonds with our ROK counterparts,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Swen Swearingen, 51st SFS NCO in charge of armistice plans.

The ROK SOF members deployed to Osan via HH-60P Pave Hawks earlier in the day.

While at Osan, their goal was to increase their interoperability with the base defenders for combat operation readiness.

“In a real situation, we need as much support to defend the base as possible,” said Swearingen. “They come down to help us out and give us a unique toolset to aide in our defense.

“While there is a sizeable language barrier between the two forces, they still get it done,” he added. “But when shots start getting fired, that language barrier doesn’t matter; it’s all about taking care of each other and completing the mission.”

The joint forces simulated live fire and “shoot, move and communicate” actions to thwart opposing forces, which consisted of Airmen new to the “Mustang Stampede.”

“Participating in OPFOR, you get a small taste of what you’ll be dealing with during your year stay here at Osan,” said Swearingen. They see how our on-duty defenders respond to incidents, and hopefully bring an outside perspective to the fight.”

Airman 1st Class Samantha Flores, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team member, participated in the OPFOR program and caught her first experience of Osan’s iconic “Fight Tonight” readiness.

“This exercise is a lot more interactive than what I’ve experienced in the past,” said Flores “It was fun as well as informative. I got to see what to look forward to in the year ahead.”

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