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7 AF Force Protection Division conducts combined training at Daegu AB

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  • By Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Norman
  • 7th Air Force Public Affairs

Fight Tonight mission readiness is a top priority here in the Republic of Korea. Recently, U.S. Air Force members from the 7th Air Force, Force Protection Division, traveled to Daegu Air Base and conducted a multi-day, combined training event for the U.S. and ROK Air Force security forces personnel to bolster readiness and strengthen the U.S. – ROK alliance.

 The combined training focused on the management of the Collocated Operating Base’s (COB) antiterrorism programs, and wartime operations planning and execution.

“The training was for 607th Materiel Maintenance Squadron (MMS) Security Forces (SF) permanent party and deployed members to properly execute their antiterrorism programs and wartime operations functions at their specific COBs,” said Senior Master Sgt. William DeSilva, 7th AF Force Protection Division superintendent. “Prior to this training event, 607 MMS/SF personnel did not have the proper training and guidance to effectively execute their COB duties and responsibilities, and their relationship with ROKAF counterparts at the COBs needed improvement.”

The personnel from the 7th AF Force Protection Division spent four days training the 607 MMS/SF members and the event culminated with a combined tabletop exercise.

“Combined training is important because it ensures we understand each other's tactics, techniques, and procedures, and also builds camaraderie amongst the members of both nations,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Winell de Mesa, 7th AF Force Protection Division chief. “A major success was breaking the barrier with maximum participation from our ROKAF counterparts throughout the week and executing a combined active Shooter tabletop exercise with significant inputs from both the U.S. and ROK.”