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Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 builds cohesive joint force

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Staff Sgt. Zachary Johnson, 736th Security Forces Squadron squad leader, thanks his teammates for their valiant effort during a game of foot volleyball July 25, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. After the training day was complete, everyone took some time to bond while playing different sports around the complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

A Republic of Korea military police force member provides security to the special duty team during hostile response force training July 25, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. The hostile response force training was the culmination of the week’s classroom and practical applications put into one event to test the capabilities of the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Republic of Korea military police force members provide over-watch during hostile response force training July 25, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. During Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 joint forces shared force protection tactics, techniques, and procedures while developing and enhancing interpersonal relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Staff Sgt. Jacob Van Dyke, 736th Security Forces Squadron squad leader, coaches some Korean military police during ground combatives training July 24, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. During Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 joint forces shared force protection tactics, techniques, and procedures while developing and enhancing interpersonal relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Staff Sgt. Dallas Crandell, 736th Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, from Andersen Air Base, Guam, explains joint defense sectors to Republic of Korea Air Force military police July 23, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. The training prepared them for the practical application at the end of the week where they simulated response force actions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Staff Sgt. Tae Kwan Yeon, 1st Fighter Wing special duty team member, demonstrates how to defend yourself from a grab on Staff Sgt. Zachary Johnson, 736th Security Forces Squadron squad leader, July 23, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. Both nations demonstrated various combatives techniques which were practiced at length until proficient. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Senior Airman Tequera Anderson, 736th Security Forces Squadron fire team member, runs for cover during shoot, move, communicate training July 24, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. Shoot, move, communicate is a fundamental drill for U.S. Air Force Security Forces to develop tactile moving habits when under fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

Master Sgt. Edward Grant calls out cadence during team pushups July 21, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. During Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 joint forces shared force protection tactics, techniques, and procedures while developing and enhancing interpersonal relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

U.S. and ROK members perform “buddy drag” carries to evacuate their simulated casualty to the safe zone during training July 21, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, ROK. During their training, U.S. forces demonstrated different casualty evacuation techniques followed by ROKAF members practicing the moves themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.
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Staff Sgt. Tae Kwan Yeon, 1st Fighter Wing, special duty team member has a nasopharyngeal applied during a tactical combat casualty care demonstration July 21, 2019, at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea. During Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 joint forces shared force protection tactics, techniques, and procedures while developing and enhancing interpersonal relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

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Recently U.S. Air Force Security Forces members joined Republic of Korea military police during a subject matter expert exchange at Gwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, during Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1.

 

The training is intended to enhance strong personal relationships and cooperation with the Republic of Korea Air Force Military Police Agency.  During the event, attendees shared force protection tactics, techniques, procedures, and information while developing and enhancing interpersonal relationships. 

 

“This training gives us upfront realistic understanding of our joint capabilities when working with our Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts,” said Master Sgt. Edward Grant, current operations manager with 7th Air Force. “What we have learned together is invaluable and unifies our combined force.”

 

Security Forces members from the 736th Security Forces Squadron, Andersen Air Base, Guam, teamed up with military police and special forces units from Republic of Korea’s 1st Fighter Wing, Gwangju AB, for the weeklong event.

 

“This training gave the ROKAF forces a new perspective and helped give us some new methods for things we were already doing,” said Staff Sgt. Tae Kwan Yeon, a special duty team member assigned to Gwangju AB. “The training itself was a cultural exchange, which helped us become more comfortable with each other as the training went on.”

 

Members attended classroom sessions followed by practical applications revolving around base defense, team tactics, casualty care, perimeter defense, combatives and flight line security. 

 

While a language barrier would typically hinder most trainings, for those attending Pacific Defender Outreach 19-1 that wasn’t the case.

“I didn’t feel like there was a language barrier at all,” said Grant. “During the training it created unique ways to get the message across and helped build bonds between us, which nails home the cohesive joint force we are trying to achieve.”

 

“These trainings need to continue,” said Technical Sgt. Rowdy Spears, ground combat instructor for the 736th Security Forces Squadron. “The more training we do with our joint forces, the more cohesive we are and the more fluid our movements are together. We gel together and become one family, and that makes us a power force to reckoned with.”