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Camp Guernsey holds assaulter course graduation

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Tanner, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force member, from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., provides cover during a tactical response force training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders move from position to position in the training while being covered by their comrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Tanner, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force member, from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., provides cover during a tactical response force training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders move from position to position in the training while being covered by their comrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Cayle Harris, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron counter improvised explosive device instructor, discusses Minot Air Force Base, N.D., 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron Airmen’s performance after a counter IED course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Harris is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and served more than 20 years in the explosive ordinance disposal career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Cayle Harris, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron counter improvised explosive device instructor, discusses Minot Air Force Base, N.D., 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron Airmen’s performance after a counter IED course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Harris is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and served more than 20 years in the explosive ordinance disposal career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Senior Airman Shealyn Kunze, 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., provides cover during a counter improvised explosive device course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders from multiple missile security forces squadrons attended a 22-day tactical response force course that will certify them as TRF members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Senior Airman Shealyn Kunze, 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., provides cover during a counter improvised explosive device course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders from multiple missile security forces squadrons attended a 22-day tactical response force course that will certify them as TRF members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Defenders from Minot Air Force Base’s 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, sweep the area for improvised explosive devices during a counter IED course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. The 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron offers multiple counter IED course’s placing the defenders in multiple scenarios where they need to avoid or locate the IED’s while simultaneously completing their primary mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Defenders from Minot Air Force Base’s 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, sweep the area for improvised explosive devices during a counter IED course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. The 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron offers multiple counter IED course’s placing the defenders in multiple scenarios where they need to avoid or locate the IED’s while simultaneously completing their primary mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Davis, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, evaluates defenders from Malmstrom Air Force Base’s 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron as they enter an urban environment during a tactical response force course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders who graduate the TRF course will be awarded certification to be members of their squadron’s tactical response force team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Davis, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, evaluates defenders from Malmstrom Air Force Base’s 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron as they enter an urban environment during a tactical response force course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders who graduate the TRF course will be awarded certification to be members of their squadron’s tactical response force team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Defenders from Minot Air Force Base’s 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, sprint to cover during an urban improvised explosive device course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders are placed in multiple scenarios to include search and rescue and capturing enemy held positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Defenders from Minot Air Force Base’s 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, sprint to cover during an urban improvised explosive device course at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 19, 2017. Defenders are placed in multiple scenarios to include search and rescue and capturing enemy held positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Defenders from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., pose for a group photo at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 28, 2017. The graduates completed the Tactical Response Force Assaulter Course to better defend America’s nuclear weapons and resources out in the missile complex. (Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Defenders from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., pose for a group photo at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., July 28, 2017. The graduates completed the Tactical Response Force Assaulter Course to better defend America’s nuclear weapons and resources out in the missile complex. (Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

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Security Forces members from 20th Air Force’s three missile wings graduated the Tactical Response Force Assaulter Course during a graduation ceremony at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, July 28, 2017.

The defenders are assigned to the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, the 91st MW at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 341st MW at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.

There were also three defenders who graduated the Weapons and Tactics Master Instructor course. This course was the first to be conducted under 20th AF.

"It was my honor to preside over the graduation of 39 Tactical Response Force students and three Weapons and Tactics Master Instructor students,” said Col. Lloyd Buzzell, 20th AF vice commander. “The graduation of the WTMI students was a "first ever" for 20 AF and being a part of the spirt, motivation and comradery displayed by all of these defenders was amazing. This training is critical to ensure our defenders are ready every day to meet any threat."  

The training consisted of distance shooting, combat drills, building entry, vehicle take-downs and the basics of aircraft integration.

“This course is important because we train the dedicated capture and recovery force for nuclear weapons,” said Staff Sgt. Grant Urich, 620th GCTS instructor supervisor. “They have trained and prepared for anything they could potentially face in the missile field.”

These graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to go back to their units and defend America’s nuclear weapons and resources in the missile field.

“The training and tactics that we learned were phenomenal,” said Staff Sgt. Alexander Morley, 91st MSFS Tactical Response Force Assaulter graduate. It feels good to be able to take that back and teach other Airmen and NCOs.”