ROTC cadets receive warfighter training
By Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal , Public Affairs
/ Published May 07, 2007
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."