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A mile in a defender’s boots

Maj. Matthew Stillman, 374th Security Forces Squadron commander, briefs volunteer Airmen before the start of a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Maj. Matthew Stillman, 374th Security Forces Squadron commander, briefs volunteer Airmen before the start of a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. The training focused on enhancing Yokota's Agile Combat Employment, which allows for a faster response to contingencies with a smaller footprint. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airmen from the 374th Mission Support Group take turns fighting Senior Airman Tyler Gutierrez, 374th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Airmen from the 374th Mission Support Group take turns fighting Senior Airman Tyler Gutierrez, 374th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. A simulated combatant training includes learning how to use a baton for training scenarios and real-world events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Senior Airman Scott Madrigal-Silver, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron geobase technician, braces for the punch from Senior Airman Tyler Gutierrez, 374th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Senior Airman Scott Madrigal-Silver, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron geobase technician, braces for the punch from Senior Airman Tyler Gutierrez, 374th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. The training consists of fighting a simulated combatant and shows trainees how to open, close, and strike using a baton. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Senior Airman Cody Tedder, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production technician, experiences a taser electroshock during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Senior Airman Cody Tedder, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production technician, experiences a taser electroshock during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. Many techniques and tools are used to subdue suspects, such as vocal commands, combatives and tasers. Each one has many steps and requirements that must be met before defenders will make the decision to utilize a particular option. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airman from the 374th Mission Support Group participates in a use of force training scenario in the Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives simulator during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Airman from the 374th Mission Support Group participates in a use of force training scenario in the Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives simulator during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. The MILO Range, is a modular area designed to accommodate a multitude of training scenarios to law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airmen from the 374th Mission Support Group participate in a high-risk traffic stop scenario during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Airmen from the 374th Mission Support Group participate in a high-risk traffic stop scenario during a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. Training how to approach an unknown situation is a vital skill for defenders to remain as safe as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Col Patrick Launey, 374th Mission Support Group commander, speaks on the importance of the Agile Combat Employment to the Airmen who participated in a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Col Patrick Launey, 374th Mission Support Group commander, speaks on the importance of the Agile Combat Employment to the Airmen who participated in a 374th MSG training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. The ACE concept is that Airmen are able to learn and perform jobs from multiple career fields and use those skills to respond to aggressive or hostile engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airman John Larson, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, receives oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Airman John Larson, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, receives oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. OC spray is a non-lethal tool that can be utilized to quell a situation without need to resort to lethal force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Maj. Matthew Stillman, 374th Security Forces Squadron commander, strikes a pad with a baton after being sprayed with oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.

Maj. Matthew Stillman, 374th Security Forces Squadron commander, strikes a pad with a baton after being sprayed with oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. Defenders must be able to perform their mission, even if they are under extreme pain and impaired vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airman John Larson, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, washes off oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.
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Airman John Larson, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, washes off oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. OC spray is a non-lethal tool that can be utilized to quell a situation without need to resort to lethal force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Senior Airman Dakota Blaylock, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility operations technician, recovers after oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021.
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Senior Airman Dakota Blaylock, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility operations technician, recovers after oleoresin capsicum spray during a 374th Mission Support Group training day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 21, 2021. All security forces personnel are exposed to OC spray to familiarize them with its painful effects and how to operate while contaminated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 374th Security Forces Squadron hosted the fourth iteration of the 374th Mission Support Group training day on July 21, 2021, where Airmen from other MSG squadrons learned about the SFS mission.

The training was conducted as part of the group’s focus to enhance Yokota’s Agile Combat Employment capabilities, which allows for a faster response to contingencies with a smaller footprint.

“In a combat situation, you have all these different career fields that don’t necessarily work as a singular unit,” said Master Sgt. Charles Bell, 374th SFS superintendent of plans and standards evaluation. “The ACE concept will take care of that. It could be a maintainer, who knows just the basics of security forces, coming to assist us. Or it could be a security forces member, going to the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron to help them refuel and get the jets off the ground.”

The all-day event took place at SFS headquarters, where participants were able to get a little glimpse into the day-to-day life of a defender. The day was filled with hands-on exercises, in place of lectures.

“There is a lot of stuff we can teach by PowerPoint but the readiness comes when we actually apply it,” Bell said. “This training gets our trainees excited while at the same time showing them what we do.

“One of the trainings we hosted was the Multiple Interaction Learning/Training Objective systems, which are ‘shoot, no shoot’ scenarios,” he added. “We also conducted baton training, where the trainees had to fight a simulated combatant. And to top it off, there was taser training and oleoresin capsicum spray for any volunteers who were up for the challenge.”

According to Senior Airman Tyler Gutierrez, 374th SFS training instructor, the training allows members to learn how to react to high-stress situations while in a safe, controlled environment.

“I think this type of training is very important,” said Gutierrez. “With us all being in the military, it is imperative that we rely on each other, especially in a deployed environment or during contingency operations.”

The MSG will rotate the training within their squadrons every month. Each time the training will become more detailed, further producing more effective and capable Airmen.