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Defenders compete in Global Strike Challenge

Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, surveys his area of responsibility for combatants during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The 620th GCTS instructors placed the teams of defenders in real world scenarios to test their capabilities and knowledge in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, surveys his area of responsibility for combatants during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The 620th GCTS instructors placed the teams of defenders in real world scenarios to test their capabilities and knowledge in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Airman 1st Class Lesley Trevizo, 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is inspected for paint ball markings by 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron instructors during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The security forces portion is just one of the many competitions, spread out over the next several weeks, which make up the Global Strike Challenge. Missile wings vie for supremacy in security, missile maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Airman 1st Class Lesley Trevizo, 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is inspected for paint ball markings by 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron instructors during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The security forces portion is just one of the many competitions, spread out over the next several weeks, which make up the Global Strike Challenge. Missile wings vie for supremacy in security, missile maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

A security forces member from the 91st Security Forces Group on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., apprehends Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. Security forces squadrons from multiple Air Force Global Strike Command bases showcased their skills at being an effective fighting force during the five-day challenge by pitting each team against the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

A security forces member from the 91st Security Forces Group on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., apprehends Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. Security forces squadrons from multiple Air Force Global Strike Command bases showcased their skills at being an effective fighting force during the five-day challenge by pitting each team against the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

A security forces member with the 28th Security Forces Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., enters a room to engage an enemy target during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. Defenders were tested on marksmanship, navigation, self-aid buddy care and tactics throughout the week-long security forces portion of the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

A security forces member with the 28th Security Forces Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., enters a room to engage an enemy target during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. Defenders were tested on marksmanship, navigation, self-aid buddy care and tactics throughout the week-long security forces portion of the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, scurries through a facility to get into a fighting position during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The winners from each challenge will be announced in August at the 2017 Global Strike Command Innovation and Technology Symposium in Shreveport, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Staff Sgt. Samuel Saintz, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor, scurries through a facility to get into a fighting position during the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 18, 2017. The winners from each challenge will be announced in August at the 2017 Global Strike Command Innovation and Technology Symposium in Shreveport, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

CAMP GUERNSEY, Wyo. --

Defenders from across Air Force Global Strike Command participated in the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, May 15-19.

 

The security forces squadrons showcased their skills at being an effective fighting force during the five-day challenge pitting each team against the others.

 

“These defenders get a lot of training here. This is a chance to bring in the tactics they have learned to see which base is the best,” said Staff Sgt. Manny Lopez, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron formal training instructor. “They are getting as close to real world training as we can give them. It’s a highly-competitive atmosphere, and every base is here to be the best.”

 

Six members from each base were chosen to represent their unit in the challenge.

 

“Each base had the same amount of time to prepare,” said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Davis, 90th Security Forces Group superintendent. “The team conducted daily running, rucking, weight training, firing, land navigation and other tasks to prepare them for the challenge.”

 

Defenders were tested on marksmanship, navigation, self-aid buddy care and tactics throughout the week.

 

“The competition has been challenging but also fun,” said Airman 1st Class Christopher Brooks, 5th Security Forces Squadron security forces member. “Being a new Airman, I have learned a lot from this experience. It’s putting me through situations I have never been in before and it’s teaching me to learn on the go.”

 

The security forces portion is just one of the many competitions, spread out over the next several weeks, which make up the Global Strike Challenge. Missile wings vie for supremacy in security, missile maintenance and operations.

 

“This challenge is important to boost morale and showcase to other wings what we’re capable of,” said Senior Airman Amanda Gordon, 5th SFS alarm monitor. “We have also gotten to learn different tactics from the multiple wings here that we can take back to our unit to practice.”

 

The winners from each challenge will be announced in August at the 2017 Global Strike Command Innovation and Technology Symposium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 

“There's no doubt the 90th SFG competitors gave maximum effort, maintained the utmost professionalism and bonded as a team,” Davis said. “This will serve even more prevalent in the future as they see each other at work and around town. They've forged a bond that they'll remember well into the future. Trust is an easy word to say, requires time and experiences to build.”