A 943rd Rescue Group Detachment 1 Security Forces Airman took part in training exercise that helped prepare him and other service members to safely maneuver around helicopters in a deployed environment.
Volunteers from all branches here trained with an Arizona Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter last week. The students focused on boarding and de-boarding the helicopter, and they also learned how to do tactical sling loading on the Black Hawk.
â€œThis training allowed students to get training outside of their career field and gave them the opportunity to train with a different airframe,â€ said Tech. Sgt. Aaron Doss, a 943rd RQG Reserve security forces Airman, and Non-commissioned officer in charge of the training pick-up zone.
Doss emphasized the helicopter familiarization training was important for deploying security forces Airmen.
â€œWhen we deploy down range we do a lot of missions with the Army and at any given time we could be outside the wire,â€ said Doss. â€œYou may get stuck somewhere and have to sling load your gear onto a number of different airframes including a Black Hawk, and this training familiarizes you with the process.â€
For Tech. Sgt. Tomas Diaz, 943rd RQG Det. 1 assistant kennel master for the 355th Security Forces Military Working Dog Section, this training allowed military working dogs to be exposed to the stress of being around a helicopter.
â€œHelicopters are the main mode of transportation for military working dogs in a deployed environment,â€ said Diaz. â€œIâ€™m out here with the dogs to ensure that they are safe in the training environment.â€
Diaz stated the dogs did not mind the flying, and he made sure it was fun for them.
â€œAnytime, Iâ€™m training with the dogs. I always make sure they have fun, so they donâ€™t get burned out from all of the training they are exposed to,â€ said Diaz.