Taking aim with CATM Airmen

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  • By Airman 1st Class Cody H. Ramirez
  • 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
The 509th Security Forces Squadron is the largest security force in the Air Force and has the unique job of guarding the B-2 Spirit and the nation's nuclear enterprise.

The 509th SFS maintains current defense skills to protect base assets and follow the Air Force Global Strike Command vision of being an elite, highly disciplined team.

Ensuring all 509th SFS members maintian this expertise are the 509th SFS combat arms and maintenance instructors.

"At any given time there are multiple weapon systems employed in the protection of the base resources," said Staff Sgt. Roger Scott, 509th SFS CATM instructor. "We train every one of the Airmen and NCOs posted on those weapons systems to be prepared.

"In the short time I've been with the 509th SFS, I see the unit as a whole takes a lot of pride in what we do," the sergeant added. "Combat Arms is the same way. We give our Airmen the skills they need to do their job."

Three CATM instructors taught semi-annual combat arms training July 28 at the firing range here to a class of 509th SFS members. All together, eight hours of classroom and range training was conducted by the end of the day.

SFS members must pass the M16A2 rifle or M4 Carbine Air Force Qualification course, the tactical rifle qualification course and the M9 qualification course. Passing requirements depend on the individuals arming group, which they are put into based on their job.

Maintaining qualifications on their weapon systems allows the SFS to be ready at a moment's notice to defend this nation and its powerful assets.