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Missile training brings troops to Wyoming


January 16, 2020

Victoria Smithey/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Retired SSgt Chuck Radcliffe speaks to a group of MMT trainers stationed at F. E. Warren about his years in the field and the way things were done back then.

A normal day working for the paper can be dull at times, but every once in a while I get the opportunity to do something really unique. Master Sergeant Ben Smith, Sergeant Michael Watson, and Tech Sergeant Anthony Perez offered me that opportunity this week as they took me on a tour of the Air Education and Command (AETC) on FE Warren Air Force Base.

In a constant state of preparedness that is typical of our military, the Field Detachment Training Facility trains 650 Airmen per population in all stages of missile preparedness, missile systems, transportation and assembly. There are thirty courses that can last anywhere from a simple one day training to a full fledged 99 day course, and there are 24 instructors to make sure that you get the most out of your chosen field.

Choosing an Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) is a bit like gambling. A mixture of your desired positions goes into the basket along with your Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores. What comes out is nine of the top AFSC's that you are qualified for, and from there a job draft is chosen for you. Once you have completed 75 percent of your enlistment time you are eligible to apply for cross training, which means that you can ask to train for a different job.

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Sgt. Michael Watson and TSgt. Anthony Perez explain the workings in the trailer to the guests.

Working with missiles was not one of the job specialties that Tech Sergeant Anthony Perez had placed in his basket; however, after spending much of his military career in this field, he has decided that it really is something that he enjoys doing. Tech Sergeant Perez has served almost seventeen years, and will return to Kentucky when he retires where the skills he has picked up in the military, and the number of degrees he's earned while on active duty will transfer over to a civilian position.

While the country may be divided at this time with differing opinions about the state of our military and the necessity for war preparedness, one only has to spend a little bit of time with the folks at AETC to know that they are a very dedicated and hard working group of individuals. This unit is made up of men and women who are dedicated to the training of those under them, and the security of the nation we live in, and I for one, am proud to have met them.

Thank you for serving.


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