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105th Airlift Wing hosts Wing Readiness Course

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Patrick Espeut
  • 105th Airlift Wing

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Training isn't always easy, especially when that training simulates the high adrenaline environment of a combat situation. Members of the 105th Airlift Wing were able to experience that firsthand as they went through the Wing Readiness Course at Stewart Air National Guard Base.

The September course sent Airmen with the New York Air National Guard through a simulated combat experience, complete with ground attacks, explosions and self-aid and buddy care scenarios to test their ability to handle themselves under pressure.

 "For this exercise, we are simulating that you are part of a four-man fire team located in a hostile country attempting to rescue a local leader from insurgents," said Master Sgt. Gregg M. Tyler, noncommissioned officer in charge of training for the 105th Base Defense Squadron.

"Throughout the exercise, wing members will encounter friendly actors along with combatants in the village. Ground burst explosives will create the simulation of a grenade being thrown while moving through the buildings," Tyler said. "Blanks will be utilized by enemy combatants to simulate returning fire. Wing members will have to engage with enemy actors. The leader will have simulated injuries that need to be treated. Security Force team leaders will communicate with members utilizing real-life commands and direction."

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lane, 105th Public Affairs specialist, said the training was well done.

"The WRC gave us an opportunity to be tested in a simulated combat environment that was filled with explosions, gunfights and medical emergencies," Lane said.

In addition to engaging with enemy targets, Airmen rendered first aid to simulated victims to control bleeding, manage airways and transport patients.

While the focus of the Wing Readiness Course was to challenge Airmen, the goal was also to let 105th members see what they are made of.

"This experience also helped encourage sustained physical and mental fitness, which is applicable to everything you do for the Air Force, regardless of your specific career field." Lane said.