CMSgt Tamala L. Hartz

In her last article Brig Gen Tullos talked about getting your training reps in. She linked the concept of getting multiple reps in your personal workout to the importance of getting multiple reps in your professional training regimen. I would like to continue along those same lines and talk about how we can make the most of those reps.

As anyone who has been in a gym or a member of a team knows, how you do your reps is as important as how many reps you do. Is your technique correct, is your form focusing on the correct muscle group, and are you covering your part of the game? If you have ever been discouraged by the results from your workout, chances are the answer to at least one of these questions is “no”. So how do we ensure the answer to all of these questions is “yes” as it relates to your professional training regimen? One way is through leader-led training. 

Leader-led training is nothing new. It has been around and a part of the military for decades. The Army and Marine Corp are well versed in its use and it has also been a technique commonly used in some of our specialized units such as the 820th Base Defense Group with great success. Taking it mainstream however has not garnered as much steam as it should. It has been a more common topic of discussion after a training analysis identified a gap in unit on-the-job training. Two primary questions seem to linger at the most grassroots part of our career field, the squadrons. How do we execute leader-led training and how do we accomplish the paradigm shift needed to lock it in as the way we do business in the unit training world?

Leader led training will free our career field from being locked into the traditional classroom instructor led training that seems to follow a shift or completed on a training day. Using the traditional classroom training technique where topics are presented by an instructor from the training section, usually delivered by PowerPoint, for an audience with varying degrees of training and experience is not the most efficient method of training. The twenty-year MSgt

Flight Chief sits alongside the two-year A1C and receives the exact same training in the exact same manner. This training method delivers the topic to the lowest skill-level and is formatted in such a way as to be understood by the most junior, inexperienced person in the room. While the A1C may be deriving some benefit from this technique, chances are anyone with any substantive time or experience in Security Forces is not learning. This is a perfect example of getting inadequate reps. We must make maximum use of your limited time to get the greatest benefit from properly performed reps. This is where leader-led training comes in.  

Picture yourself in the same scenario but broken down into fire team and/or squad configurations being training by leaders of your flight addressing your specific training needs and skill level. Now picture the ability of your flight leaders to conduct some of this training on post or during a normal tour of duty. Three benefits become immediately apparent. First, leaders must learn tasks to higher levels of proficiency in order to impart that knowledge on Defenders. He/she become stakeholders in the proficiency of their fellow Defenders and they exercise the leadership roles in line with their rank. Second, subordinates receive training in a realistic environment versus the antiseptic classroom. The training is tailored specifically to the Defenders needs and can be adjusted to push him/her outside their comfort zone and ensure learning is taking place. The training is delivered by the actual leaders who will lead Defenders when they face on-duty situations. Lastly, your time is valued, your proficiency is elevated, and you learn these two things do not always have to be mutually exclusive.  

Now you may be asking yourself how the unit training section fits in. It is important to remember that leader-led training is not an end-all, be-all. It is an added training tool and will not be appropriate in some situations. Specialized training requiring federal, state, and local certifications will still need to be conducted by the training section. The primary focus of the trained instructors in the training section will be to implement a leader-led training program. This program teaches the leader-led trainers training methods as well as evaluation techniques. The trainers will also need to audit and facilitate leader-led training by providing training venues, materials, and expertise as needed. The training section instructors will also be responsible for ensuring training is being conducted and documented properly. In short his/her role will primarily be specialization and facilitation.

So how do we make leader-led training the standard instead of the exception? This is a question that has been asked repeatedly over the past few years. Many discussions have taken place on how best to train leaders to be proficient teachers and how to certify them as such to the satisfaction of the career field and the Air Force. We also need to get the word out on leader-led training and begin touting it as our primary training method. These are issues we are working here on the staff. We have made some progress and are beginning to see some leader-led training programs springing up from place-to-place. The recently formed Security Forces Training Working Group is tackling these issues right now.

Leader-led training is our path to posturing ourselves properly, focusing on the correct training muscles, and achieving the full range of training motion that will make our team stronger and more lethal as individual Defenders and a highly capable fighting force.

Defenders Wanted!

Location: San Antonio, Texas

March 20, 2017                                                                   

We at Securitas are looking for knowledgeable and motivated; state licensed Level 3/4 Security Officers to join our mission of protecting our cities water. Veterans of Security Forces have the integrity, experience, and professionalism needed to help maintain a quality of service we aim to provide to our city.

What does Securitas have to offer?

--- Veteran Leadership. The branch and project manager are both Veterans of Security Forces.

--- We commit to our officers. We understand the struggles our veterans face in the job market as well as the work place. As such, we will arm, equip, train and support you to ensure you and our operation remains successful.

--- Career Progression. Our security operation is complex but will be familiar to Defenders. Our duty positions include: Mobile Patrol, OIC (flight chief level of authority), Dispatch (desk sergeants), Personal Protection Officers (personal security detail), and access control (entry controllers).

--- Above Market Starting Wages; $14.00-16.00 per hour with annual increases thereafter.

Who are we?

--- Securitas is the most locally-focused security company in the United States, with over 500 local Branch Managers and more than 88,000 Security Officers who provide unmatched security solutions to meet the specific needs of thousands of businesses. Securitas USA's core business is Security Services. Our main service offering categories are specialized guarding, mobile security services, monitoring, and consulting and investigations.

--- At Securitas USA we believe that the future of our company can only be achieved if we help with the continuity of our people’s skills. We believe in proper recruitment, extensive training and ongoing coaching. We strive to help our employees develop to their full potential.

How to apply?

Email your resume to Dawn Bowen/Human Resources Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply online at

AFCENT Force Protection, Defenders Safeguard Service Members, Mission

By Staff Sgt. R. Alex Durbin, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, 1 February 2017

A mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle driven by a member of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron Security Forces Flight, patrols the flightline at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2016. The U.S. Air Forces Central Command Force Protection directorate at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, acts as the nexus of security operations across the area of responsibility to ensure security forces personnel can protect personnel, assets and, ultimately, the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys) 

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) -- In the constantly changing landscape of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command battlespace, one thing remains constant – U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen stand vigilant at installations across Southwest Asia day and night. 

To ensure these defenders can remain prepared for any threat, the AFCENT Force Protection directorate at the Combined Air Operations Center here acts as the nexus of Air Force security operations across the area of responsibility. The staff provides the guidance and support to ensure security forces personnel can protect personnel, assets and, ultimately, the mission.

"Our No. 1 priority is to support the warfighter,” said Col. Michael Gimbrone, the AFCENT Force Protection director. “Our goal is to provide a mission-ready, resilient and air-minded security force, organized, trained and equipped to deliver enduring, integrated defense against threats to Air Force, joint and coalition missions.”

To achieve this, the AFCENT Force Protection directorate uses an interdisciplinary team of logistics, intelligence, anti-terrorism and security forces specialists to identify, counter and neutralize threats to Air Force, joint and coalition personnel and assets. These specialists provide a comprehensive skillset to support defense force commanders at installations across the AFCENT area of responsibility with a complete picture of operational considerations.

“No one person can look at a whole battlespace and have all of the answers,” said Chief Master Sgt. Steven Thompson, the AFCENT Force Protection security forces manager. “We try to look at both sides of the coin to find a solid way ahead.”

The force protection staff also provides guidance and policy support to defense force commanders at the squadron level to help day-to-day operations run smoothly. To ensure the unique needs at each installation are understood and met, the directorate holds a biannual force protection coordination board that brings leaders from each security forces unit across the AOR together for a two-day conference.

Gimbrone said the board aims to provide engagement opportunities between the AFCENT staff and defense force commanders and security forces managers to ensure security forces leaders in the field have the appropriate information, guidance and support they need to execute their missions.

“Our staff exists to support the forces in the field, not the other way around,” Gimbrone said. “Ultimately, it’s our security forces units that have the responsibility of keeping AFCENT personnel and resources safe and secure, and the board is an opportunity to reinforce to them that our force protection staff is committed to doing everything we can to give them the support to enable them to do just that.”

During the two-day board, experts from various sectors of the security forces career field come together to share information and participate in forums to innovate and improve security processes in the field.

“We want to show the rest of the (Defense Department) that Air Force security forces is a viable force and we’re willing to take on new missions and can do them quickly and effectively,” Thompson said. “We want to show that we’re committed to keeping not just AFCENT personnel and resources secure, but also keeping other DOD and coalition partners well defended.”

Thompson said this attitude is engrained in the security forces way of life.

“When we work with joint and coalition partners, our defenders can put aside the color of the uniform or the nationality and work as a team,” he said. “Our career field is all about the fact that it doesn’t matter who you are as long as you have my back and I have your back. When we come together, the job gets done.”

According to Gimbrone, this ability to aid joint and international partners has a wide-reaching affect.

“This truly is both a joint and coalition effort to be able to conduct the missions across the AOR,” he said. “The ability to take the fight to the enemy in Mosul and other places could not happen at the same level if we did not have joint and coalition efforts. Across the AOR, our defenders are working side-by-side with forces from the other branches of the Department of Defense and forces from other nations to keep our locations secure.”

While battlefield and adversary may continue to change, Gimbrone said one thing is certain – he, his staff and the security forces Airmen will continue supporting the fight wherever they are needed.

“As long as there is a need for the U.S. to have a presence in the AFCENT AOR, there will be a need for Air Force security forces to be here accomplishing the mission,” he said. “As we move forward, we will continue to see great accomplishments by security forces as they defend against the enemy wherever they may be. Certainly it would be ideal to have a day where we could have a stabilized, enduring posture in the AOR and not have to deal with emerging locations or an ever-evolving enemy, but until that is the case, then there will be SF in the AOR keeping our personnel, resources and missions safe and secure.”

Citizen Airmen Save Life of Drowning Child

SSgt Daniel Phelps, 349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs, March 17, 2017 Travis Tailwind

1) Staff Sgt. Rochelle Waters, 349th Security Forces Squadron, poses for a photo outside of the combat arms building March 9 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. 2) Staff Sgt. Dante Thomas, 349 SFS, poses March 9 for a photo outside of the same building. Thomas and Waters saved the life of a drowning child during an off-day during the recent Exercise Cope North 2017 in Guam (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Phelps)

They didn’t set out to be heroes, nor did they expect that their recent temporary assignment to Talafofo, Guam, would place them in that situation.


On Feb. 25, Staff Sgts. Rochelle Waters and Dante Thomas, 349th Security Forces Squadron members, were enjoying an off day at the beach from their training at Cope North when something odd in the water caught their eye.


“We swam all morning,” Waters said, describing the scene. “We were just hanging out after our barbecue. I was sitting under a canopy relaxing. Dante was chatting on the phone.”


A young boy and his sisters were playing in the water, swimming, Dante said. As they swam farther out in the water, the boy started to lag behind. “I don’t know why I looked up,” Waters said. “I saw the boy, about my son’s age, dipping underwater, starting to flail and shouting, ‘I can’t swim, I can’t swim, I can’t swim.” At that point, she started for the water just as Thomas threw down his phone. They both rushed toward the boy. “As soon as I saw him bob, I knew he was in trouble,” Thomas added. “As I was jumping in, she dove in right beside me.”


“I ‘Baywatched’ it,” said Waters. “I stripped down to my suit and dove in. We swam out around 50 yards. I don’t remember who got to him first.” Fortunately, both citizen Airmen have life-saving professions outside of their Reserve careers: Thomas is a police officer, Waters is a nurse.


Once they got the boy to shore, Waters noticed the child’s lips were blue and knew it wasn’t because he was cold. “The water wasn’t cold,” she explained. “So I put him over so he could expel whatever was in his throat. Then, he coughed up a bunch of water. My nursing training kicked in.” She took his pulse and checked his ABCs: airway, breathing and circulation.


“I made sure he was OK,” said Water. “He kept saying he was dizzy, his arms were dizzy and he was extremely tired. ”It was quite a distance to his family over rough terrain, so they couldn’t carry him, Thomas said. Since he was unable to walk, they waited with him.


“We waited until he could breathe a bit better and his pulse was in a normal range,” Waters said. “When he said he was OK, Dante and I swam back with him on our shoulders to his family.”


The family had no clue what had almost happened, Thomas said. They were incredibly grateful.


For the two Citizen Airmen, personal and professional instincts kicked in fast. “The first thing that went through my mind was my son; I have a son the same age,” Waters explained. “It was almost immediate, like a mother’s intuition.”


Thomas said that as a police officer, he is always aware of his surroundings. “I was just enjoying the scenery and saw something that didn’t add up,” he said. “I went from enjoying the scenery to seeing his head bob.”


The two Citizen Airmen don’t see what they did as anything out of the ordinary. “I just did what I was supposed to do,” Thomas said. “It’s like putting on the uniform. We didn’t do this to be recognized. It was just – something’s wrong here, let’s do what we can to make it right.”


Water’s echoed his thoughts. “I think as a security forces member, it’s not that huge of a deal,” she said. “We know that any one of us, had we been in that situation, would have done that exact same thing.”



Security Forces Squadron Member Saves Family

By Senior Airman Aja Heiden, 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, February 27, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Jose Rosado, assigned to the 482nd Security Forces Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., stands with mother Janelly Rivera and baby Rivera after he saved their lives when their car went into a canal along with father John Rivera on Jan. 29, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Aja Heidan)

On a Friday evening, an Airman and his son were on their way to the Sam Johnson Fitness Center here, when they heard tires screeching on the road behind them and saw the sound was coming from a white car that then tumbled into a canal. The car quickly sank under the water, trapping three passengers inside.

Tech. Sgt. Jose Rosado, a 482nd Security Forces Squadron team leader, and his 20-year-old son witnessed the accident at the intersection on Jan. 29, 2016. Rosado got out of his vehicle to assess the situation.

“No one came out of the vehicle and I didn’t want it to be one of those stories you see on the news where no one survives,” he said.

Fearing the worst, he went to help the passengers inside the vehicle. He jumped into the canal and tried to open the car’s door.

 “I broke the car’s window,” said Rosado. “It cut my hands, but I was able to pull the male and female passengers out safely.”

Rosado’s heroic actions didn’t end there. After rescuing John and Janelly Rivera from the car, Rosado realized another life was still in danger.

"Once the passengers were above water they started screaming their baby was in the car," said Rosado.

Again, Rosado jumped into the murky waters of the canal to save the couple’s child.

“Once I was under the water I couldn’t see at all,” said Rosado. “I started to feel around for the child and I felt him floating, still buckled into his car seat. I fumbled with the straps and clips to get him out. I crawled out of the canal and stood on the bank holding the baby. He wasn’t breathing, some water came out of his airway, but he was still blue.”

By this time other on-lookers had stopped near the site of the accident and called 911.

“Soon a fire rescue truck pulled up,” said Rosado. “I ran around the canal to an area where I could cross and gave the baby to the rescue team.”

The fire rescue team took the child to Homestead Baptist Hospital.

“That night I spoke to a nurse at the hospital, she told me the baby made a full recovery,” Rosado said.

Jose Rosado’s swift thinking saved a family of three after a dangerous accident and credits his ability to save the Rivera family to his military training.

“The security forces academy trained me to react to incidents quickly,” said Rosado.

After rescuing a family from a car accident many would feel their duty to help was over, but Rosado felt he could do more.

“I spoke to the family and found out the baby was going to turn one-year-old soon,” said Rosado. “The family had lost so much in the accident so I decided to start a GoFundMe account for them. Through donations we raised over $350.”

Due to his bravery in a situation that could have easily turned tragic, Rosado was nominated for an award by his peer.

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