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An Airman takes a member of the Opposing Forces program into custody during an exercise at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., Nov. 9, 2012. The OPFOR program was designed to enhance training capabilities for Air Commandos. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew)
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Prepare for anything

Posted 6/24/2013   Updated 6/24/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

6/24/2013 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.  -- Preparing Air Commandos for battle is an essential part of mission success. One tool that is used to prepare these brave men and women is the Opposing Forces program at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

OPFOR was designed to enhance training capabilities for Airmen with Air Force Special Operations Command, joint and coalition personnel and aircraft.

"OPFOR provides Airmen with dynamic training environments that mimic current and future operational battlefields," said William Baird 27th Special Operations Support Squadron OPFOR chief.

Airmen who have a desire to join OPFOR will play a key role in training Air Commandos for deployments that may include a full range of special operations missions.

"No day is ever typical," Baird said. "Some days we are operating all-terrain vehicles and employing explosives, weapons, ammunition and threat simulators; other days we are skillfully maneuvering high-powered watercraft on the lake."

Members of OPFOR have to be high-speed in order to meet the training demands of Cannon's current evolution.

"OPFOR is very challenging," Baird said. "We are striving to keep pace with the rapid growth of the 27th Special Operations Wing. Cannon's OPFOR team supports a large mission with a small force."

To keep Air Commandos ready for anything that may come, the OPFOR team has to be at their best every day they are asked to go out and work.

"The OPFOR program continues to challenge our warriors with the unexpected, ensuring our forces are primed for combat," said Baird.

Click here for link to OPFOR slideshow.


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