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CES Airmen to conduct convoy training

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Approximately 30 Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron are scheduled to begin convoy training here Sept. 22. (Photo by Patrick Wilbricht)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Approximately 30 Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron are scheduled to begin convoy training here Sept. 22. (Photo by Patrick Wilbricht)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Approximately 30 Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron are scheduled to begin convoy training here Sept. 22.

The Airmen will participate in a training exercise designed to mimic various scenarios likely to be encountered by deployed Airmen of the civil engineer career field in hostile environments while on conveys overseas.

The training will include a mock contingency operation in which the Airmen will be tasked to travel by convoy in high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) to complete a simulated site survey prior to the construction of a building. The convoy of HMMWVs will depart from the main cantonment area to the end of Todd Road on North Base.

"The Airmen will have to get their troops together and prepare a no-notice convoy to complete the mission," said Staff Sgt. Adam Fairbanks, a 30th CES lead combat skills instructor. "This is a common occurrence for civil engineer personnel downrange to get these types of missions."

During the convoy, the Airmen will be subjected to hostile situations to include situations where the convoy will come under simulated small arms fire. The Airmen are expected to react to the attacks by returning fire and pass through the hostile area quickly. Once the Airmen reach the mission's destination, they will need to establish 360 degree security evaluation of the terrain for safety precautions while the subject matter experts from the civil engineer career field collaborate to establish a bill of materials prior to the simulated construction of a building in a deployed setting.

"It is important for our Airmen to accomplish this training because of the short-notice taskings we have been getting," said Fairbanks. "Sometimes we will go to an airbase for maintenance, but there are those of us that get downrange and get pulled to augment the Army, or be part of a maintenance team where we convoy to a forward operating base, Joint service station, or a patrol base to make repairs to the infrastructure or to survey the area for a build that needs to take place. With this training the Airmen will be more equipped to handle these types of missions when they are tasked to deploy."

The 30th CES conducts monthly training in order to better prepare its Airmen for the tasks they are traditionally commanded to perform while deployed. During concurrent training, the Airmen practice hand-to-hand combat tactics, troop movement procedures and armored convoys.

"I hope everyone will refine their small arms combat, reaction to fire and convoy operations skills with this training," Fairbanks said. "For some of our Airmen, this is the first time they are receiving this type of training. I want them to make mistakes and not be afraid of the consequences. This is where we learn. If our men and women use what they learn here when they're deployed, and come home alive, I did my job."


*Editor's note: The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron is scheduled to conduct convoy and small arms fire training on Umbra Road and Todd Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. There will be small arms fire (blank rounds) throughout the day. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Adam Fairbanks at 805-605-2048.

FOR SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS PLEASE AVOID UMBRA ROAD AND TODD ROAD HERE THURSDAY, SEPT. 22.