CAMP GUERNSEY, Wyo. --
Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, AFGSC command chief, met with Airmen from the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron, July 21, to see their mission firsthand.
The squadron trains security forces members to protect and secure the nation’s nuclear assets.
“Our mission is to train nuclear security Airmen in bomber, base and missile field security,” said Maj. Kristen Cangelosi, 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron commander.
Before a security forces Airman reaches his or her duty station, they receive foundational training at their technical school, which dedicates 18 hours to nuclear security training. The 620th GCTS provides additional specialized courses that enhance the capabilities of these defenders.
As the AFGSC commander, Rand is responsible for the nation’s three ICBM wings, the Air Force’s entire bomber force, and operational and maintenance support organizations within the nuclear enterprise.
AFGSC sends more than 1,500 defenders to Camp Guernsey each year. The schoolhouse offers 32 courses including Nuclear Combat Skills, Nuclear Integration, Convoy Basics and the Assaulters Course.
“This is a hidden gem -- a valuable asset for nuclear security Airmen,” Cangelosi said. “We are fully supported by senior leaders, and they’re aware of how beneficial this training squadron is to the command and overall nuclear security.”
Rand watched Airmen execute various tactics during the Assaulters Course which leverages realistic scenarios to educate defenders on various maneuvers and procedures.
“The Airmen we get are always motivated and eager to learn,” said Senior Airman Colton Schoenegge, 620th GCTS cadre. “I enjoy this job and training the Airmen. They are easy to instruct, advise and train.”
“The mission we do is the number one job in the United States Air Force,” Rand said. “We have to be organized, trained and motivated to do what we do. And we don’t just want defenders -- we want world-class defenders!”