The Base Security Operations course at Nellis AFB, Nev., graduated its last class before the Air Force moves this security forces’ predeployment training to Fort Bliss, Texas, officials announced. The 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron taught approximately 3,000 security forces airmen a year to defend airbases downrange since 1983, according to a Jan. 5 release. The Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex, where the course was taught, included a mock village to hone urban combat skills, 12 small arms ranges, a tent city, and an exercise range at Nellis. The site was one of eight Security Forces Regional Training Centers which are consolidating to the joint Desert Defender Ground Combat Readiness Training Center at Ft. Bliss and two other locations. The final 17-day BSO class at Nellis graduated Dec. 20, according to officials.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.