Security Forces Dog on the Job
Staff Sgt. Adam Wylie, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, holds onto his trained military working dog, Jackson, just as Staff Sgt. David Emington, 27 SOSFS, takes off in a sprint Aug 10, 2010. Military working dogs are part of a unit specially trained in finding drugs, hunting and taking down adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz)
Security Forces hone skills during ORE

by Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

8/11/2010 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Airmen with the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron participating in the Phase 2 Operational Readiness Exercise August 9 - 10 conducted training scenarios to prepare them for the Operational Readiness Inspection in November as well as further hone their base defense skills.

As the first responders on scene of an incident, security forces Airmen are always mobile, whether in the exercise, on normal base duties or deployed.

"During the exercise mobile ATV patrols, dismounted patrols and reaction forces are just a few of the ways we deter psychological and physical threats," said Staff Sgt. Adam Wylie, 27 SOSFS.

Acting as the BDOC, or base defense operations center, for the duration of the exercise, the SOSFS Airmen locate, identify and mitigate activity that could threaten the base.

"We're always mobile," said Sergeant Wylie. "We follow our rules of engagement and standard operating procedures to accomplish our mission yet remain vigilant."

During the ORE, Exercise Evaluation Team members subjected the SOSFS Airmen to mock attacks including deployment of biological weapons and small arms fire ground attacks, as well as acting as local nationals asking questions.

"We're sent to deployed places where we interact with citizens of the host nation and need to build rapport with them in order to effectively complete our mission," said Sergeant Wylie.

In previous OREs all base participants responded at the same time to attacks, but for this ORE the scenarios are more modular; EETs conducted scenarios specific to their respective organizations.

"Any training this time around, since it's in-house, helps us to build on any discrepancies that we may have had," said Sergeant Wylie.

Discrepancies are determined by the EET members who judge how well Airmen react to injects given to the SOSFS "players".

The officer in charge of security forces for the exercise, 2nd Lt. Craig Cupo, said he was impressed with how the Airmen are handling everything that is thrown their way.

"It's an awesome group of guys out here," he said. "When something happens, they put their game face on and conduct themselves seriously and professionally."