ROTC cadets receive warfighter training

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Matthew Sevey tends to a simulated wound on Cadet Brett Evans Jr.’s leg during the self-aid and buddy care portion of a field training exercise April 28 at Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Camp Sentinel exercise area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Matthew Sevey tends to a simulated wound on Cadet Brett Evans Jr.’s leg during the self-aid and buddy care portion of a field training exercise April 28 at Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Camp Sentinel exercise area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Cadets from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 line up and fire M-16 rifles loaded with blank ammunition during the air base defense section of a field training exercise April 28 at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Instructors from the 17th Security Forces Squadron assisted the cadets with basic firearm safety and cleaning procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Cadets from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 line up and fire M-16 rifles loaded with blank ammunition during the air base defense section of a field training exercise April 28 at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Instructors from the 17th Security Forces Squadron assisted the cadets with basic firearm safety and cleaning procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Cadets Matthew Sevey and Brett Evans Jr., of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847, simulate firing from partial cover during the town patrol portion of a field training exercise at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. The exercise, which took place April 28, was conducted at Goodfellow's Camp Sentinel training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dennis McGorty)

Cadets Matthew Sevey and Brett Evans Jr., of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847, simulate firing from partial cover during the town patrol portion of a field training exercise at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. The exercise, which took place April 28, was conducted at Goodfellow's Camp Sentinel training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dennis McGorty)

Members of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 move forward during the town patrol procedures portion of a field training exercise at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. The exercise, which took place April 28, was conducted at Goodfellow's Camp Sentinel training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dennis McGorty)

Members of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 move forward during the town patrol procedures portion of a field training exercise at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. The exercise, which took place April 28, was conducted at Goodfellow's Camp Sentinel training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dennis McGorty)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Volunteers from Goodfellow played host to 21 cadets from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 at Angelo State University during a field training exercise at the Camp Sentinel training area Saturday.

The cadets rotated through four areas, each of which focused on a specific competency. Members of the 17th Medical Group taught self-aid and buddy care, volunteers from the 17th Security Forces Squadron instructed the cadets in air base defense and M-16 care, an instructor from the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion taught them the basics of town patrol and representatives from the 17th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness Flight explained the basics of unexploded ordinance recognition and mission-oriented protective postures.

Airman 1st Class Timothy Lyons, 17 CES Readiness Flight, said the event was a great head-start for these prospective Air Force officers before receiving their commission. Staff Sgt. Josue Perez, a member of the 17 MDG who volunteered as an SABC instructor, agreed.

"It's a good opportunity for us to teach the future leaders of the Air Force," Sgt. Perez said. "In the type of war we fight, they'll need to know how to take care of themselves and others."

Senior Airman Dustin Vigil, a 17 SFS member and one of the air base defense instructors, made it a point to remind the cadets of that fact.

"As future leaders, you need to know that responsibility is on your shoulders," Airman Vigil said. "You will need to make decisions, and you will need to make them fast, because your Airmen will be looking to you to make the right call."