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Warrior Week keeps Team Cannon prepared

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Airman 1st Class Ryan Sollars, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, high-crawls in a line of his teammates while one of their 27th Security Forces Squadron instructors, Senior Airman Brian Flanagan, makes sure nobody raises too high. The high-crawls were part of a Warrior Week training course held here Monday through today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Thomas Trower)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Airman 1st Class Ryan Sollars, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, high-crawls in a line of his teammates while one of their 27th Security Forces Squadron instructors, Senior Airman Brian Flanagan, makes sure nobody raises too high. The high-crawls were part of a Warrior Week training course held here Monday through today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Thomas Trower)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- During Self-Aid/Buddy Care training, Airmen learn how to use their I.D. cards to cover a chest wound. The card provides an air-tight seal around the wound to cover the hole. CPR was also covered in the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- During Self-Aid/Buddy Care training, Airmen learn how to use their I.D. cards to cover a chest wound. The card provides an air-tight seal around the wound to cover the hole. CPR was also covered in the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- An Airman crouches behind a baricade in the ECS “obstacle course” to avoid enemy weapon rounds or flying debris from explosions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- An Airman crouches behind a baricade in the ECS “obstacle course” to avoid enemy weapon rounds or flying debris from explosions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense training, Airmen practiced doning their Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense training, Airmen practiced doning their Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At Convoy training, the 27th Security Forces Squadron and 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen learn how to react during a convoy ambush. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Salazar)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At Convoy training, the 27th Security Forces Squadron and 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen learn how to react during a convoy ambush. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Salazar)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At Expeditionary Combat Skills training, Airmen were taught proper patrol procedures and reaction to direct and indirect fire by the 27th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- At Expeditionary Combat Skills training, Airmen were taught proper patrol procedures and reaction to direct and indirect fire by the 27th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Wickes)

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.