Guam ‘Port Dawgs’ refine combat skills

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  • By Master Sgt. Theanne Herrmann
  • 624th Regional Support Group
Air Force Reserve air transportation specialists from the 44th Aerial Port Squadron in Guam participated in the Fieldcraft Hostile Course Sept. 17-28 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The fast-paced course provides Airmen with the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to perform in a hostile environment while allowing freedom of movement on the battlefield.

“I had the pleasure of working with seven Airmen from Guam and they were definitely the shining stars of the class,” said Maj. Brian Eichers, a 27th APS operations officer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who attended the course. “All of the instructors repeatedly commented on their positive attitudes.”

Out of the 28 students, 44th members earned the two end-of-course awards; Tech. Sgt. Charles Hinkle for best attitude, and Senior Airman Matthew Mira for unofficial class leader.

The students participated in realistic and strenuous training scenarios used to teach skills in weapons firing, communications, mounted and dismounted individual and team movements, and map, compass, and GPS navigation.

“As always our ‘Port Dawgs’ did an exceptional job,” said Lt. Col. Carla Lugo, 44th APS commander. “I’m thrilled to be a commander of a team that excels in their career field, and is recognized by leadership for their professionalism.”

The team also had an opportunity to decompress after hours from training by checking out nearby sites, such as the De Oppresso Liber statue in Liberty Park, New York.

The 44th APS, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, deploys qualified personnel to provide air terminal operations worldwide in support of contingency operations, exercises, unit moves, and foreign humanitarian relief or disaster operations.