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A ROTC cadet from Angelo State University practices nighttime entry controller procedures during the training exercise held at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. During the night there was constant simulated bombs, gunfire and shouting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

A ROTC cadet from Angelo State University practices nighttime entry controller procedures during the training exercise held at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. During the night there was constant simulated bombs, gunfire and shouting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Williams Joseph, Angelo State University ROTC cadet, practices guard tower maneuvers during the night operations portion of the exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had multiple permanent party members acting as opposition forces testing their training throughout the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Williams Joseph, Angelo State University ROTC cadet, practices guard tower maneuvers during the night operations portion of the exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had multiple permanent party members acting as opposition forces testing their training throughout the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Michael Reyes, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, prepares for his shift as entry controller at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. The cadets were on rotating shifts of entry controller, guard tower and patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Michael Reyes, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, prepares for his shift as entry controller at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. The cadets were on rotating shifts of entry controller, guard tower and patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Johnny Martinez, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes cover waiting for his team to move up and accomplish the current objective at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. Some objectives involved multiple fire teams where the cadets had to organize and coordinate through communication skills taught earlier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Johnny Martinez, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes cover waiting for his team to move up and accomplish the current objective at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. Some objectives involved multiple fire teams where the cadets had to organize and coordinate through communication skills taught earlier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Air Force ROTC Cadets from San Angelo State University prepare to charge and clear a structure during the training exercise held at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had to work as a team and learn effective communication before being allowed to move onto other points of training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Air Force ROTC Cadets from San Angelo State University prepare to charge and clear a structure during the training exercise held at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had to work as a team and learn effective communication before being allowed to move onto other points of training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Justin O’Brien, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes cover during one of the exercises at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The training exercise was meant to push cadets to expand their communication and leadership skills they have been taught in the classroom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Justin O’Brien, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes cover during one of the exercises at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The training exercise was meant to push cadets to expand their communication and leadership skills they have been taught in the classroom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Wallace Good, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes a moment to catch up on his sleep during the training exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force base, Texas, April 20, 2018. According to Lt. Col. Shane Bertolio, Angelo State University ROTC detachment commander, the cadets averaged two hours of sleep during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Wallace Good, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, takes a moment to catch up on his sleep during the training exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force base, Texas, April 20, 2018. According to Lt. Col. Shane Bertolio, Angelo State University ROTC detachment commander, the cadets averaged two hours of sleep during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadets go prone after hearing a simulated bomb go off at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. The cadets participated in exercises which involved using leadership skills to properly execute a variety of missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadets lay prone after hearing a simulated bomb go off at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 21, 2018. The cadets participated in exercises which involved using leadership skills to properly execute a variety of missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Andrew Burrola, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, practices room clearing techniques during a training exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had to use the skills learned during the training exercise when accomplishing a variety of scenarios presented by instructors and cadres. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Andrew Burrola, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, practices room clearing techniques during a training exercise at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets had to use the skills learned during the training exercise when accomplishing a variety of scenarios presented by instructors and cadre. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Whitman, 17th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, demonstrates to Mikalya Strikland, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, how to clear her weapon at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets participated in training lasting through the night and into the next day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Whitman, 17th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, demonstrates to Mikalya Strikland, Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadet, how to clear her weapon at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. The cadets participated in training through the night and into the next day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Whitman, 17th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, issues weapons and blank ammunition to cadets at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. Proper weapon handling techniques was one of the areas covered in the training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Whitman, 17th Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, issues weapons and blank ammunition to cadets at the mock forward operating base on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2018. Proper weapon handling techniques were one of the areas covered in the training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Angelo State University's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets spent a day and night at a mock forward operating base as a part of their yearly field training exercise April 20 and 21, at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

All ASU Air Force ROTC cadets have the opportunity to stay in the FOB and undergo training revolving around real life scenarios once a year. Testing what the cadets have learned in the classroom, members from each active duty branch assigned to Goodfellow participated in training and creating exercises for the cadets to test their skills.

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares individuals to become an Air Force officer while earning a college degree. Air Force ROTC unofficially began with the passage of the Morrill Act (Land-Grant Act) in 1862, which established military training at land-grant colleges and universities. But the name “Reserve Officer Training Corps,” or ROTC, was actually created by the passage of the National Defense Act in 1916.

“This training is designed to build and develop leadership skills,” said Maj. Russell Foster, ASU Air Force ROTC detachment associate professor operations flight commander. “They have been learning these skills in the classroom and now they get put them to the test.”

During the exercise the cadets experienced shooting blanks from their weapons, protecting their base, performing reconnaissance patrols and throughout it all there was the sound of gunfire.

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, contracted cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force, appointed by the President of the United States.

“It isn’t required that we attend [the FTX],” said Elena Carney, ASU Air Force ROTC cadet. “But, I think it is a great opportunity to get out and experience training with joint services.”