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ASAB’s Battle of the badges

A photo of an Airman pulling a fire hose

A firefighter with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pulls a fire hose during Battle of the Badges, June 5, 2021, here. The competition built the working relationship between defenders and firefighters, enabling them to work better as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of Airmen breaching a door

Defenders with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron breach a door during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. The competition built the working relationship between defenders and firefighters, enabling them to work better as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of an Airman carrying a simulated victim

Defenders with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron perform fireman carries during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. Firefighters from the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron won the Battle of the Badges by a tie-breaker volleyball game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of an Airman using a fire hose

A defender with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron uses a fire hose during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. The Battle of the Badges helped defenders and firefighters become familiar with each other's basic work tasks, improving relationships when responding to emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of an Airman carrying a simulated victim

A firefighter with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron carries a simulated victim during the Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. The Battle of the Badges helped defenders and firefighters become familiar with each other's basic work tasks, improving relationships when responding to emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of Airmen performing push ups

A defender with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron takes part in team push-ups during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. Firefighters from the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron won the Battle of the Badges by a tie-breaker volleyball game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of Airmen lifting a tire

Firefighters with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron flip a tire during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. The Battle of the Badges helped defenders and firefighters become familiar with each other's basic work tasks, improving relationships when responding to emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of an Airman carrying a fire hose

A firefighter with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron carries fire hose during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. Firefighters from the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron won the Battle of the Badges by a tie-breaker volleyball game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

A photo of Airmen performing wheelbarrow exercises

Defenders with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron perform wheelbarrow exercises during Battle of the Badges at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, June 5, 2021. The competition built the working relationship between defenders and firefighters, enabling them to work better as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin J. Prisbrey)

ALI AL SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait --

Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces and Civil Engineer Squadrons competed in the Battle of the Badges June 5-6, here.

The competition consisted of a bucket brigade, an M4 carbine break down and reassembly speed round, a firefighter basic skills circuit and a security forces physical strength challenge.

The battle ended with each unit winning two events. A tie-breaker volleyball game decided the champion and the ECES firefighters toke home the trophy.

“The goal of the competition was to build camaraderie, test each other’s expertise in our respective fields and to learn new skills from one another,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Chandler, 386th ESFS installation entry controller.

For the competition, each unit designed two challenges unique to their career field to test their own skill set. These tasks helped the other unit get a glimpse of the requirements and tasks of the other.

“The competition enabled us to build a closer working relationship with our brothers and sisters in the fire department,” Chandler said. “Now that we’re familiar with each other and some of our basic responsibilities, we’ll be able to better work as a team and accomplish the mission.”

Because they work together so frequently, familiarization with each other’s duties is important when lives are on the line.

Interoperability is a critical part of the job. Fine tuning relationships and responses before a crisis in events like these is not only fun, but imperative.

“Today’s emergency responses require a unified approach,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy LaPlante, 386 ECES deputy fire chief. “We both perform our jobs better when the first time you meet someone isn’t in a life or death situation.”