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.
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.
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.