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Guard unit heads north for annual training

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  • By Master Sgt. Seth Skidmore
  • 178th Wing Public Affairs
The 178th Wing headed north to Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center this June to complete a week-long deployment for their annual summer training. 

The unit came to the center to complete wing-wide general classroom and hands-on training, and specific training for the individual units.

The classroom training consisted of required classes, such as diversity training and informative classes, including wing history and traditional member retirement training.

Some of the hands-on training included weapon familiarization, which is not common for the average Airman but could become necessary in their career.

The class was taught by Capt. Michael Gibson, 178th Security Forces Director of Operations. 

"At any point in their career they could be tasked as security force augmentee or for installation defense," Gibson explained. "So it is good to have a basic familiarization."

The squadron level training consisted of more specialized training.  The logistics readiness squadron held refresher and initial training for material handling equipment.  Airman trained on operating a forklift through an obstacle course while carrying simulated material.

The communications flight trained by setting up a broadband global area network by using field receiver and equipment.  They installed a phone line and internet connections using the receiver.

The Force Support squadron conducted a rodeo for annual required training, from self-aid buddy care to mission orientated protective posture gear training.

The deployment also included opportunities for team building, morale welfare and recreation, and community involvement.

The Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group and the Operations Group/Wing staff participated in their own version of the Amazing Race. Small groups had to perform team tasks in a certain time limit to compete for prizes.

Members reached out to the local community through a dinner sponsored by the chamber of commerce and several Airman also went out in the local community to help with Habitat for Humanity and Humane Society projects.

Overall, the training deployment provided the wing with valuable training and team building.

"It's about building relationships and coworkers," said Col. John Knable, 178th Wing Commander