Warrior Week keeps Team Cannon prepared
By Capt. André Kok, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 14, 2006
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- More than 1,600 Airmen from throughout the 27th Fighter Wing set aside their usual duties over the last five days to participate in Warrior Week.
“I’m proud of the men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing,” said Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “This week we pre-empted our operation and maintenance training to enable us to focus on combat skills all Airmen need to have. Thanks to the work of multiple squadrons and agencies, we were able to train a large number of Airmen at Cannon in one week in the areas of Self-Aid and Buddy Care, Anti-terrorism and Force Protection, Convoy basics, Expeditionary Combat Skills, and chemical and biological warfare readiness.”
A favorite of many Airmen was the Expeditionary Combat Skills course, which ran daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students spent the day in the field, using skills vital to their safety and success at deployed locations.
“We really got a feel for what things could be like in a deployed environment” said Staff Sgt. Aleric Hebert, 27 FW Chapel.
Self-aid and buddy care was another hands-on training experience, said Lt. Col. Jimmie Bailey, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron commander and instructor for the course.
“Our goal was to expose the students to how important their actions are in an emergency situation,” he said. “Students were able to use components of the new first aid kits being used in the field, and practice litter carries, as well as one and two person carries.”
The real life examples and approach paid off, with students educated and impressed by the class.
“It was awesome, I liked the hands-on nature of the course,” said Tech. Sgt. Scott Mackay, 27th Communications Squadron. “We actually got to touch the equipment we would use in an emergency in the field.”
Overall, Warrior Week met the objectives it set out to meet, said event planner Maj. David Cobb, Wing Inspection director. “It was great to get out and really engage in our training. Overall, things went really well.”
Cannon’s leadership agreed.
“I couldn’t be happier with Team Cannon’s positive attitude and approach to a readiness initiative of this magnitude,” said Colonel West.