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374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics course

374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course

Airman 1st Class Tomari Hampton, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron waters and fuel maintenance, looks down the sight of his weapon during a 374th Security Forces Squadron Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The purpose of the course is to enhance base defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course

An Airman participating in the 374th Security Forces Squadron Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course, breaches a building, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The purpose of the course is to enhance base defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course

Keiichi Okamura, 374th Security Forces Squadron civilian guard, left, and Staff Sgt. Bradley Raynor, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operations dispatcher, work together to reassemble their weapon during a 374th Security Forces Squadron Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course, Aug. 31, 2018 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The purpose of the course is to enhance base defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course

Airman 1st Class Tomari Hampton, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron waters and fuel maintenance, learns the proper use and handling of a weapon during a 374th Security Forces Squadron Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The purpose of the course is to enhance base defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

374th SFS hosts Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course

An Airman participating in the 374th Security Forces Squadron Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics Course checks his gear, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The purpose of the course is to enhance base defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- The 374th Security Forces Squadron hosted their first Weapons Handling Skills and Tactics course, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yokota Air Base.

Approximately 30 Airmen participated in the course, learning the valuable skills needed during a real-world scenario.

“We want to enhance defense capabilities, promote teamwork, and give our Airmen a head start on expeditionary operations as well as familiarize our warriors with weapon systems they may have to operate in a wartime situation,” said Staff Sgt. Don Sandidge, 374th SFS combat arms instructor.

During the two hour-long course, Airmen go over weapon safety, carrying positions, shoot, move and communicate techniques, firing positions, transitions between M4 & M9, reloads, and cover fire.

“It’s important for all Airmen, regardless of their career, to understand small unit tactics, basic weapon handling procedures, and working as a fire team to counter any real-world threat,” said Sandidge.

The course is scheduled to be taught three times a month.

Unit training managers are notified the month prior of class dates for this course and allotted a certain amount of slots. Please go through your UTM/UDM to sign up for the class.

For more information, please contact SSgt. Sandidge or SrA. Riddle at 225-7185