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801st EMXS prepares to defend as Multi-Capable Airmen

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  • By Master Sgt. Christopher Parr
  • 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

The 801st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron conducted airfield security operations during a Multi-Capable Airmen training event, led by the 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 5, 2022.

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Betz, 332d ESFS flight sergeant, and his team developed a tailored training program to prepare 801st EMXS Airmen for airfield defense support. The training focused on small team perimeter security, personnel placement for aircraft defense, and basic defense postures.

“The training provides discrete, low-visibility security force protection techniques to non-security force Airmen to aide in the protection of assets transiting within the Air Forces Central Command theatre of operations,” said Betz. “Through this training, each maintainer enhanced their Multi-Capable Airman skills and widened their perspective on the importance of establishing security for an aircraft in any location.”

Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Shroyer, 801st EMXS senior enlisted leader, explained how this training is more than beneficial; it is essential.

“Our Airmen walked away from the training with a critical new mindset for the Air Force’s future fight,” Shroyer said. 

The 801st EMXS conducts maintenance on HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in support of Combat Search and Rescue Operations.