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JSSD-K range day builds relationships, promotes readiness

U.S. Army Soldiers, U.S. Air Force Airmen and Canadian Armed Forces members pose for a photo at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

U.S. Army Soldiers, U.S. Air Force Airmen and Canadian Armed Forces members pose for a photo at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. The range day event was an opportunity to maintain key working relationships with mission partners in the joint and multi-national Special Operations Command Central network. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

A Canadian Armed Forces member fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

A Canadian Armed Forces member fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. The weapons at the range are essential to support various missions in the area of responsibility and must always be fully mission capable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Firing range participants watch a target at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

Firing range participants watch a target at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait mission partners were given the opportunity to learn safe SOF weapon operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

A U.S. Army Soldier fires a Beretta M-9 pistol at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

A U.S. Army Soldier fires a Beretta M-9 pistol at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. The range day event supported the overall mission by maintaining readiness within the Special Operations Command Central forces and their weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

A range participant fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

A range participant fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. The weapons fired at the range are vital to supporting missions in the area of responsibility and range day events can help maintain complete readiness in the capability of the Special Operations Command Central forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

A firing range participant holds .50 caliber ammunition at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

A firing range participant holds .50 caliber ammunition at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait members instructed range participants on safe and proper SOF weapons operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Roble, Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait material readiness division noncommissioned officer in charge, fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Roble, Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait material readiness division noncommissioned officer in charge, fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. JSSD-K is comprised of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Department of Defense civilians and contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Miabella Contreras, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Operations Raptor Flight response force leader, fires an MK-13 single grenade launcher at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Miabella Contreras, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Operations Raptor Flight response force leader, fires an MK-13 single grenade launcher at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait mission-essential partners had the opportunity to fire SOF weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

A U.S. Army Soldier fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

A U.S. Army Soldier fires a Barrett .50-caliber rifle at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait members instructed participants from the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, the 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Camp Canada and Camp Moreell, on SOF weapon operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Monica Roybal, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, fires an MK-47 automatic grenade launcher at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Monica Roybal, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, fires an MK-47 automatic grenade launcher at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020. Members assigned to the Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait hosted a range day for mission-essential partners to build relationships while ensuring readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

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Members assigned to the Joint Special Operation Forces Support Detachment-Kuwait hosted a range day for mission-essential partners at the Udairi Range Complex, Kuwait, Oct. 12, 2020.

 

JSSD-K members instructed participants from the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, the 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Camp Canada and Camp Moreell, on SOF weapon operations.

 

“This was a truly unique opportunity to get up close with special operations weapons,” said U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher Name, JSSD-K ammunitions noncommissioned officer in charge. “Beyond day-to-day obligations, hosting events such as this enforce the importance of meeting our fully mission capable goals, posturing (Special Operations Command Central) operators for success and building our knowledge of these weapons systems to better understand and align with the operators’ missions.”

 

Name explained that the weapons fired during the event are vital to supporting missions in the area of responsibility and a range day can help maintain complete readiness in the capability of the SOCCENT forces. 

 

Participants learned how to safely handle SOF weapons, including the MK-13 single grenade launcher, the MK-47 automatic grenade launcher, the Barrett .50-caliber rifle, the MK-48 machine gun, the M240B machine gun, the Beretta M-9 pistol and the Glock 9mm pistol.

 

“Relationships are key to providing the support JSSD-K is responsible for,” Name continued. “This cemented the unity and camaraderie needed with all of the mission partners across the joint and multi-national battle space that falls under the SOCCENT network.”