@charset "utf-8"; /* CSS Document */ p { font-family: "Comic Sans MS", sans-serif; font-size: 20pt;} blockquote { width: 100%; font-size: 18pt; font-style: italic; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', sans-serif; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px; padding: 10px; } h1 { h1 class="title"; font-size: 14pt; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color:#000000; text-transform: uppercase;} .da_body h1 { font-size: 40px; margin-bottom: 5px;margin-top:0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color: #123D63}

HomeNewsArticle Display

19th SFS and EOD replicate Joint contingency operations

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, uses a metal detector to search for simulated improvised explosive devices during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, uses a metal detector to search for simulated improvised explosive devices during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron and defenders from the 19th Security Forces Squadron participated in a Joint training exercise with pilots from the Arkansas Army National Guard, Oct. 22, 2019, to accurately simulate a contingency environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, ensures his headset is working before boarding a U.S. Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk during a Joint training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, ensures his headset is working before boarding a U.S. Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk during a Joint training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. In addition to promoting interoperability with our sister service, this exercise focused on the ability to rapidly assemble forces when responding to crises, improv combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam Springs)

19th Security Forces Squadron defenders and 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen prepare to board a U.S. Army National Guard UH-60 Black during a Joint training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019.

19th Security Forces Squadron defenders and 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen prepare to board a U.S. Army National Guard UH-60 Black during a Joint training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. The purpose of the exercise was for EOD and Security Forces to work together to locate, diffuse, and render safe a simulated improvised explosive device cache site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam Springs)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, uncovers a simulated improvised explosive device during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Htyler Kelley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, uncovers a simulated improvised explosive device during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. In addition to promoting interoperability with our sister service, this exercise focused on the ability to operate cohesively in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

A UH-60 Black Hawk flies above a field.

A U.S. Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk, carrying 19th Security Forces Squadron and 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen, prepares to land during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. This exercise allowed the agencies to strengthen each other’s trust and work together as one cohesive team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

Airman kneel on a grass field holding M4's

Members from the 19th Security Forces Squadron and 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team provide security as Airmen exit a helicopter during a Joint training exercise at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2019. The purpose of the exercise was for EOD and Security Forces to work together in order to locate, diffuse, and render safe a simulated weapons cache. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron and defenders from the 19th Security Forces Squadron participated in a Joint training exercise with pilots from the Arkansas Army National Guard, Oct. 22, 2019, to accurately simulate what could be seen in a contingency environment.

The exercise created an  atmosphere for EOD and Security Forces to work together in order to locate, diffuse, and render safe a simulated improvised explosive device cache site.

“This training exercise gives us the opportunity to train with Security Forces and the Army to learn how to incorporate each other’s tactics, techniques, and procedures to build one organized unit that could complete the mission together,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Colton Lien, 19th CES EOD team lead.

In addition to promoting interoperability with our sister service, this exercise focused on the ability to operate cohesively in an austere environment, and strengthen one another’s trust.

“Sometimes it is hard for units to integrate others into their formations,” Lien said. “This exercise is great for building camaraderie between the units and acts as an opportunity for Airmen to network among their peers while providing a glimpse into operating in a Joint environment.”

Training for every scenario is essential to allowing the Airmen to have the upper hand on the enemy anywhere and at any time. It also allows for training to accurately mirror the complex situations these agencies might come across in a deployed environment.

“We kind of have to think like the enemy during these exercises,” said Tech. Sgt. Caleb McDaniel, 19th SFS Kennel Master. “For training of this magnitude, we want it to be as close to the real thing as possible.”

When they are called upon, it is essential that Airmen have the knowledge and skills to tackle any challenge they may face.

“There are a number of instances where they can call us and we have to be ready,” McDaniel said. “What you see one week may be different from what you see the next. You always have to be on your toes and be prepared for all the possibilities.”

The ability to rapidly assemble forces and maneuver as one unit when responding to crises improves combat effectiveness and promotes readiness.

“Joint interoperability with Security Forces and the Army National Guard was essential to completing the mission,” Lien said. “Without them it would not have been possible to mimic what a deployed situation would look like. It really helped bring some reality to the exercise.”

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.