The 435th Contingency Response Group conducted a group-level indoctrination training event Feb. 24 to 28. Managed by the 435th Air Mobility Squadron, the event was held to prepare service members to provide mission support to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa areas of responsibility.
The five-day training allowed all 435th CRG and AMS Airmen to become certified to handle any situation in the field.
The training included multiple deployment responsibilities, including driving vehicles, giving adequate radio communications information and building forward operating bases.
“We are a very versatile group,” said Staff Sgt. Alexis Effinger-Morris, 435th CRG specialist. “We have to be able to do everything and anything that’s asked of us or it could potentially hinder the mission.”
The group is composed of specialists from different squadrons who give their expertise as well as learn the skills from other members. This provides them with a wide range of knowledge and allows them to be an effective fighting force.
“There’s so much we can learn from each other,” Effinger-Morris said. “The more we communicate and train together the more we are prepared for the operations we conduct downrange.”
According to CRG and AMS Airmen, the hands-on aspect of the training seemed to be the most effective.
“Being able to learn in a hands-on environment helps not only myself, but the whole team,” said Senior Airman Matthew Agres, 435th CRG specialist. “The easiest way to learn is having the instructors right there with you guiding you in the right direction.”
At the end of the training, members take a course review to test the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the week.
With this training, members of the 435th CRG and AMS gain insight on their deployed capabilities and build adaptable Airmen.