Patriot Defender Training
Security Forces Patriot Defender Training at Fort Wolters Military Reservation in Mineral Wells, Texas. The two-week course provides security forces Airmen with additional combat skills training.
Patriot Defender prepares security forces members for combat deployment, maintain perishable skills and fulfill annual training requirements.
The training was very regimented and consisted of long days – or nights, to be exact- training took place from mid afternoon to 0300 (3AM). Intensive and in depth, the course encompassed a wide range of combat tactics and operations, personnel participated in convoy training, foot and vehicle patrols, reacting to improvised explosive devices, hand grenade retraining, writing and executing operations orders, land navigation, manning checkpoints and listening/observation posts and mounted operations using simulation rounds. Members also had the opportunity to use new night vision equipment and attend a cultural awareness course based on the Islamic culture. Security forces personnel were required to wear their ABU or PT Gear similar to current policies in forward operating base deployment locations.
As an artist, the challenge presented was to capture the action which replicated securing a village from insurgents and maintaining order while dealing with the unpredictable scenarios devised by the trainers. Occasionally there was a brief lull in the action during which I was able to set a scene, then incoming enemy missiles or an approaching delegation from the village would signal another scenario, taken from real life events occurring in day to day theatre – from wounded villagers to irate farmers.