Sheppard profile: combat arms training

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Before airmen can fire a weapon, they must train on how to do it properly.

Aerospace Physiology specialist, Airman Jordan Turnbaugh told us, “So I’m here at CATM to qualify for readiness within my group.” 

Combat Arms Instructor, Staff Sergeant Kourtlyn Stafford said, “What we’re doing out here is we’re providing small arms and lightweight qualification training to the trainees of Sheppard Air Force Base.” 

Many airmen like Turnbaugh attend the combat arms course of fire to learn how to properly engage an enemy and properly defend themselves.

Staff Sergeant Stafford continued to say, “Some airmen come here not knowing anything.  Some airmen come here knowing a little bit of a background of firing a weapon, but the majority of them come here not touching it since basic training.” 

In basic training, airmen learn the basics of a firearm, but in this 8-hour course, they learn all the ins and outs.

Turnbaugh told us, “All the instructors here are really nice and they were really willing to help me and answer any of my questions.” 

She also said because of this course, she’ll be more confident while firing her firearm and maintaining it. 

Turnbaugh  then said, “I know that I can fire it, know how to clean it, and know how to break it down and put it back together.” 

Staff Sergeant Stafford told us every air force base has a combat arms section, and all weapons on base are maintained by the combat arms department. 

Next week, we will take a look at the 82nd communications squadron and those in charge of tackling all communication issues on base.

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