Security Forces Airmen train on new weapons systems

Senior Airman Daisy Valencia, 56th Security Forces Squadron defender, fires an M4A1 rifle during a weapons qualification course at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance facility Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base. CATM instructors led a class for 56th SFS members to familiarize themselves with one of the Air Force’s new weapons systems — the M4A1. Previously, 56th SFS members used a semi-automatic M4 and are currently transitioning to the use of an automatic M4. Luke AFB is one of the first Air Education and Training Command bases to implement the use of the Air Force’s new weapons systems for SFS members — leading the way toward the future for SFS.
Airman 1st Class Adam Sutherby, 56th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, evaluates targets during a weapons qualification course Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base.
Senior Airman Noah Huff, fires an M4A1 rifle while using night-vision goggles during a weapons qualification course Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base. Firing in low-light conditions is one of the requirements for weapons qualification to ensure SFS members are capable of weapon proficiency in austere environments.
Senior Airman Noah Huff, adjusts his gas mask during a weapons qualification course Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base. Firing while wearing a gas mask is one of the requirements for weapons qualification to ensure Air Force personnel are capable of weapon proficiency regardless the environment.
Senior Airman Noah Huff, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, fires a weapon next to MWD Enzo, during a weapons qualification course Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base. Enzo attended the course to expose him to the sound of weapon fire — training him to keep his composure during high-stress situations.
Staff Sgt. Christian Watters, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, fires an M4A1 rifle during a weapons qualification course at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance facility Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base.
Senior Airman Ramon Rosa Aponte, 56th Security Forces Squadron defender, hangs targets during a weapons qualification course Aug. 3, at Luke Air Force Base. Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors led a class for 56th SFS members to familiarize themselves with two of the Air Force’s newest weapons systems: the M4A1 rifle and the M18 carbine.

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