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Combat Airman training prepares Airmen for deployment

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- During practice searches and takedowns, cadre instruct Airmen on proper procedures during Combat Airman Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- During practice searches and takedowns, cadre instruct Airmen on proper procedures during Combat Airman Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Kevin Graves, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, scans the area for "hostiles" during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Kevin Graves, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, scans the area for "hostiles" during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen John Templeton, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, scans the area for "hostiles" during during Combat Airmen Training on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen John Templeton, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, scans the area for "hostiles" during during Combat Airmen Training on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman John Templeton, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes aim at a mock hostile target during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman John Templeton, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes aim at a mock hostile target during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Chanelle Jones, an information manager with the 30th Services Division, scans the area for "hostiles" during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Chanelle Jones, an information manager with the 30th Services Division, scans the area for "hostiles" during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Kevin Graves, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, high-crawls 100 yards during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Kevin Graves, a firefighter with the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, high-crawls 100 yards during Combat Airmen Training in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen participating in Combat Airmen Training low crawl for 75 yards in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen participating in Combat Airmen Training low crawl for 75 yards in Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. Combat Airmen Training was created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Ryan Johnson low-crawls 75 yards during Combat Airmen Training at Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. The Visual Imagery and Intrusion Detection Systems technician is with the 30th Space Communications Squadron. He and other Airmen participated in the training created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Ryan Johnson low-crawls 75 yards during Combat Airmen Training at Cocheo Park on Nov. 28. The Visual Imagery and Intrusion Detection Systems technician is with the 30th Space Communications Squadron. He and other Airmen participated in the training created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Foster dons a helmet to prepare for team tactical movements during Combat Airmen Training on Nov. 28.  The broadcaster is with the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office. He and other Airmen participated in the training created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Foster dons a helmet to prepare for team tactical movements during Combat Airmen Training on Nov. 28. The broadcaster is with the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office. He and other Airmen participated in the training created to help Airmen become more effective warriors during the Air Force's transition toward both an air and ground force. Airmen support other military branches on ground assaults against terrorists the world over, which makes additional training an invaluable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In an effort to increase the efficiency on Airmen on the ground, Vandenberg hosted a Combat Airman training course Nov. 26 to 28.

The course is designed to teach Airmen basic combat skills that can be used in a war zone.

"A lot of Airmen get this training in basic, but haven't had it since," said Master Sgt. Jeffery Jones, the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance NCOIC. "So for most Airmen this is a good refresher."

Many students will be taking what they learned at Vandenberg's course and take it to another pre-deployment course, he said.

"Some of the Airmen we have here today will be going to participate in convoy training, some will train with the Army and then some will go to a 14 day course that focuses more in-depth on the tactics that we focus on here," said Sgt. Jones. "Air Force Space Command has now mandated Airmen take a combat skills training course before deploying."

The course focuses on deployment readiness by covering an array of combative tactics ranging from low crawl and high crawl to search and seizure techniques, said Sergeant Jones.

The importance of these tactics is immeasurable.

"In a real world scenario, if you are having to low crawl, complete pandemonium will be going on around you," said Staff Sgt. Denoris Mickle, a Vandenberg Combat Airman course instructor. "It is important for Airman to know how to communicate and what to do in these situations."

The lessons that Airmen learn in a course like this could save American lives.

"The videos on how to spot an IED helped me out a lot," said Airman Sam Teat, a Vandenberg fire fighter. "I will more than likely be doing convoy operations when I deploy and being able to spot a roadside IED will be vital."

The course not only prepares Airmen tactically, but it also eases the nerves of an Airman about to be deployed. The course teaches things that allow Airmen to be more informed of what happens in a lot of deployed locations and more importantly what to expect, said Airman Teat.

The course is used as a teaching tool to help Airmen become a more effective force. As the Air Force continues its Air and space dominance it will support the Army and the Marines with a ground assault on terrorism across the world, which will make combat airmen training an invaluable event in an Airman's career.