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Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Mathew Oleson, fire team leader for the 115th Security Forces Squadron, dismantles an M-4 carbine rifle during weapons qualification training at Truax Field in Madison, Wis. on November 3.  Approximately 30 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron participated in the training exercise, which focused on improving combat readiness and weapons familiarization.

Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Mathew Oleson, fire team leader for the 115th Security Forces Squadron, dismantles an M-4 carbine rifle during weapons qualification training at Truax Field in Madison, Wis. on November 3. Approximately 30 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron participated in the training exercise, which focused on improving combat readiness and weapons familiarization.

Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathon Jaeger, fire team member for the 115th Security Forces Squadron, leads a security patrol during a training exercise at Truax Field in Madison, Wis. on November 3. Approximately 30 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron participated in the training exercise, which focused on improving combat readiness and weapons familiarization..

Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathon Jaeger, fire team member for the 115th Security Forces Squadron, leads a security patrol during a training exercise at Truax Field in Madison, Wis. on November 3. Approximately 30 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron participated in the training exercise, which focused on improving combat readiness and weapons familiarization..

Madison, Wis. -- The sounds of mortar rounds and machine gun fire set off car alarms and rattled windows at Truax Field - home of the 115th Fighter Wing.

Approximately 30 Airmen from the security forces squadron participated in a preplanned training exercise here as part of the unit's yearly training requirements Saturday.

"Security Forces Airmen like to be worn out by the end of the day," said Master Sgt. Jim Larson, 115th FW SFS squad leader.

Whether they all like to be worn out or not, there was little choice in the matter as the day was filled with much mental training and plenty of physical exercise.

In one of four stages, Airmen worked in four-person teams; climbing barricades, carrying a litter through an obstacle course, low crawling under simulated gunfire, performing pull ups, and running laps around a field track.

"It's important to have group training to have a better understanding of how the group works together and to determine what level of experience all members have," said Master Sgt. Andi Peck, 115th SFS unit training manager.

In addition to the obstacle course, two stations focused on combat readiness training and the other on weapons knowledge.

"This experience builds camaraderie, especially among the new guys." Larson said.

Many new SFS recruits, who trained with more experienced veterans, gained insights and enjoyed the exercise.

"We are learning new things and this is a great experience for us," said Airman Nolan Capek, 115th SFS.

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