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178th Security Forces ramps up readiness

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  • By Staff Sgt. Rachel Simones

Seven members with the 178th Wing participated in the 178th Security Forces Squadron augmentee training program, March 1 at Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio.

The purpose of the augmentee program is to equip the 178th SFS with more support from individuals in other career fields. It allows the base to enhance readiness by having a stronger, more diverse defense force.

“Our augmentee program aids security forces with additional resources to support installation-level requirements,” said Staff Sgt. Steven Snyder, a member with the 178th SFS.

The augmentee training program was a six-day course that taught members about weapons safety, combative skills, handcuffing techniques, personal searches and gate procedures.

“The training that the augmentees received is extremely important,” said Snyder. “It’s must-know information to be part of the security forces team.”

Hands-on training and simulated scenarios allowed 178th Wing members from a variety of different career fields to learn more about defending the base.

“With additional individuals working, it means a safer and more efficient base,” said Snyder.