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6th SFS and EOD showcase readiness

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, operates a remote control explosive ordnance disposal robot at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, operates a remote control explosive ordnance disposal robot at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. The robot is used for training by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight to handle dangerous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, and Lt. Col. Robert Moore, 6th Security Forces Squadron Commander, talk with Tech. Sgt. James Himes, the NCO in charge of the 6th SFS Marine Patrol, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, and Lt. Col. Robert Moore, 6th Security Forces Squadron Commander, talk with Tech. Sgt. James Himes, the NCO in charge of the 6th SFS Marine Patrol, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. Marine Patrol guided the 6th AMW leadership team around MacDill’s coastline and demonstrated tactical maneuvers to show how the 6th SFS protects the base on land and sea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

6th Air Mobility Wing leadership, receive a safety briefing from Tech. Sgt. James Himes, 6th SFS Marine Patrol noncommissioned officer in charge at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

6th Air Mobility Wing leadership receives a safety briefing from Tech. Sgt. James Himes, 6th SFS Marine Patrol noncommissioned officer in charge, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. Marine Patrol briefs all passengers on safety procedures before they accompany the team on a patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, spends time with military working dog handlers at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, spends time with military working dog handlers at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. Snelson donned a bite-suit and attempted to outrun a military working dog during a demonstration by the 6th Security Forces Squadron, showcasing that this SFS team and their canines are ready to respond at a moment's notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Military Working Dog (MWD), Lleonard, rolls in the grass at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

Military Working Dog (MWD), Lleonard, rolls in the grass at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. The 6th Security Forces Squadron MWDs and handlers demonstrated suspect apprehension procedures for 6th Air Mobility Wing leadership, showing their ability to defend the installation when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, runs from 6th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) military working dog, Lleonard, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, runs from 6th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) military working dog, Lleonard, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. Snelson experienced a firsthand glimpse of the rigorous training that keeps the MWD team ready to defend MacDill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, left, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander and Col. Troy Pananon, 6th Air Mobility Wing Vice-Commander, prepare for takeoff in a helicopter at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, left, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander and Col. Troy Pananon, 6th Air Mobility Wing Vice-Commander, prepare for takeoff in a helicopter at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department provided the ride to demonstrate the key relationships the 6th Security Forces Squadron has with local law enforcement to ensure base safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

    The 6th Security Forces Squadron and 6th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight flexed their base security muscles during a leadership immersion at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 26, 2018.   

    Col. Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, joined by the 6th AMW Vice-Commander Troy Pananon and Command Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Sparks, traveled MacDill’s seven-mile coastline, attempted to outrun military working dogs, fired 50,000 volts of power from a police Taser, and detonated explosives with EOD.

    “As security forces for the entire installation, we deter, detect and defend the base on water and land,” said Staff Sgt. Trisha Eddy, 6th SFS noncommissioned officer in charge of police services. “We showed Col. Snelson firsthand the training expertise and various tactics we have to maintain our security, integrity and excellence.”

    The EOD flight demonstrated their skills by giving Snelson a chance to operate the remote ordnance disposal robot. Through rigorous training, EOD Airmen specialize in disposal of dangerous materials that may pose a threat to the base.

    “We showed that our team is well-trained and capable of mitigating any situation to protect MacDill,” said Master Sgt. Timothy Lincoln, EOD resources section chief.

    Since the 6th SFS often works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, leadership joined Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for a helicopter ride, ending the day with a bird's-eye view of the installation these Airmen work around the clock to protect. 

    “Spending time with these Airmen really opened my eyes to the sheer scale of responsibilities they take on in providing care for our Joint Force,” said Snelson. “It’s clear they are ready and willing to protect the warfighter anytime, anywhere.”