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U.S. Air Force Airmen ruck march during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airmen ruck march during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. Six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge in the hopes of winning the Sadler Cup, which is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, and Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. The Airmen competed to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, which will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, from Sept. 10-13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. At the end of the selection, six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Heiser, 49th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, repositions a target during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Heiser, 49th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, repositions a target during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. Nine Airmen competed over a five-day-period in various events, including a ruck march, land navigation, and M4 carbine and M9 pistol tactics and proficiencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Stevenson, 55th Security Forces Squadron fly away security, loads a magazine during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Stevenson, 55th Security Forces Squadron fly away security, loads a magazine during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. The six Airmen that are selected to represent ACC, will test their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, fires at a target during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, fires at a target during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. The team candidates fired the M4 carbine and M9 pistol during the selection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Rosales, 55th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018. The team candidates were tasked with finding three points during the land navigation portion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Stevenson, 55th Security Forces Squadron fly away security, hydrates during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Stevenson, 55th Security Forces Squadron fly away security, hydrates during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018. Six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge in the hopes of winning the Sadler Cup, which is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, performs pushups during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, performs pushups during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018. The team candidates performed a variety of physical exercises prior to firing the M4 carbine and M9 pistol during the selection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Vanley, 633rd Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, carries ammunition cans during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Vanley, 633rd Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, carries ammunition cans during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018. The Airmen competed to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, which will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, from Sept. 10-13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Heiser, 49th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, performs tire flips during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Heiser, 49th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, performs tire flips during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018. The Airmen performed a variety of exercises, including flutter kicks, jumping jacks and sit ups during the assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ajamu Bolling, 633rd security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, and Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command, Directorate of Logistics Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, assess the targets targets during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ajamu Bolling, 633rd security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, and Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command, Directorate of Logistics Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, assess the targets targets during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 24, 2018. After five days of various tasks, Rice selected six security forces Airmen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Christopher Hastings, 325th Security Forces Squadron operations flight commander, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Christopher Hastings, 325th Security Forces Squadron operations flight commander, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 23, 2018. The team candidates were tasked with finding three points during the land navigation portion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Airmen clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018. At the end of the selection, six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Airmen perform clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen perform clear a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018. Nine Airmen competed over a five-day-period in various events, including a ruck march, land navigation, and M4 carbine and M9 pistol tactics and proficiencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 21, 2018. The six Airmen that are selected to represent ACC, will test their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, fires an M9 pistol during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Lee, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, fires an M9 pistol during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 20, 2018. At the end of the selection, six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Ajamu Bolling, 633rd Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, and Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, mark targets after security forces Airmen fired as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018
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U.S. Air Force Ajamu Bolling, 633rd Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, and Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, mark targets after security forces Airmen fired as part of ACC's Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. The team candidates fired the M4 carbine and M9 pistol during the selection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, flips a tire during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, flips a tire during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. The Airmen performed a variety of exercises, including jumping jacks, sit ups and flutter kicks during the assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, performs burpees during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, performs burpees during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. The Airmen performed a variety of exercises, including lunges, tire flips and sit-ups during the assessment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, performs physical exercises prior to firing during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, performs physical exercises prior to firing during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. The team candidates performed a variety of physical exercises prior to firing the M4 carbine and M9 pistol during the selection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, observes Air Combat Command security forces Airmen during land navigation as part of the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, observes ACC security forces Airmen during land navigation as part of the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018. After five days of various tasks, Rice selected six Security Forces Airmen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, performs lunges during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob D’Agostino, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, performs lunges during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. Nine Airmen competed over a five-day-period in various events, including a ruck march, land navigation, and M4 carbine and M9 pistol tactics and proficiencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, watches Senior Airman Jeffrey Lewis, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, perform flutter kicks during a physical training test as part of Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, watches Senior Airman Jeffrey Lewis, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, perform flutter kicks during a physical training test as part of ACC's Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2018. After five days of various tasks, Rice selected six Security Forces Airmen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen navigate land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen navigate land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018. Six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge in the hopes of winning the Sadler Cup, which is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, navigates land during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018. The team candidates were tasked with finding three points during the land navigation portion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen gather prior the land navigation test, during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen gather prior the land navigation test, during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2018. The Airmen competed to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, which will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, from Sept. 10-13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

Nine U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen fire the M9 pistol during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 21, 2018.
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Nine U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen fire the M9 pistol during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 21, 2018. At the end of the selection, six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Zygmunt, 7th Reconnaissance Squadron alarm monitor, clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. Nine Airmen competed over a five-day-period in various events, including a ruck march, land navigation, and M4 carbine and M9 pistol tactics and proficiencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, speaks to Air Combat Command Security Forces Airmen during the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance, speaks to ACC Security Forces Airmen during the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. After five days of various tasks, Rice selected six security forces Airmen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

A U.S. Air Force security forces Airman clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018
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A U.S. Air Force security forces Airman clears a building during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. The Airmen competed to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, which will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, from Sept. 10-13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Security forces Airmen ruck during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Security forces Airmen ruck during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. At the end of the selection, six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen clear buildings during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force security forces Airmen clear buildings during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. The six Airmen that are selected to represent ACC, will test their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Vanley, 633rd Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, speaks tactics with fellow Air Combat Command security forces members during the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Vanley, 633rd Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, speaks tactics with fellow Air Combat Command security forces members during the Defender Challenge team selection at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 20, 2018. Six Airmen were chosen to represent ACC during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge in the hopes of winning the Sadler Cup, which is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- Nine U.S. Air Force Security Forces Airmen competed during Air Combat Command’s Defender Challenge team selection here, August 20-24, 2018.


Of the nine Airmen, six were selected to represent ACC at the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. After a 14-year hiatus, Security Forces teams from Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany will compete at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, Sept. 10-13.

 

“This brings back camaraderie and competition,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexis Rice, Air Combat Command Directorate of Logistics Engineering and Force Protection NCO in charge of mission assurance. “You put your best against my best and let’s see who’s going to win.”

 

With guidance from ACC, Airmen underwent local assessments at their home bases before the victors at that platform advanced with the opportunity to try out for the ACC team.

 

“The most challenging part for me was meeting everybody and not knowing their tactics, where they come from, how they train, what they know and what they don’t know,” said Senior Airman Jeffrey Lewis, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader. “Learning from them and seeing what they had to offer worked out really well, we all clicked and had a really good time.”

 

Rice placed the candidates in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and grueling combat endurance events during the week-long event.

 

“Selecting the team was very difficult, the candidates made it very hard,” Rice said. “If I could add one more, there would be one more. That’s how close it was to making the cut and not making the team.”

 

During the tryout, Rice heavily weighed the Airmen’s ability to think outside the box and be a team leader, but when necessary be a good follower. One member might have skills that the other may not have, giving each candidate moments to lead and follow, according to skillsets.

 

“These guys are in shape, I put them through the wringer and I know they can shoot and think outside the box,” Rice said. “I think they’ve got a very good chance of bringing that hardware back to ACC.”

 

Great Britain has held the trophy since winning the last competition in 2004. After competing in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events, the team with the most combined points will win the Sadler Cup, which is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977.