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6th MSG: “Ready to take the fight to the enemy”

Airman 1st Class Kerson Jacques, a 6th Communications Squadron radio transmission systems technician, puts on a gas mask during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

Airman 1st Class Kerson Jacques, a 6th Communications Squadron radio transmission systems technician, puts on a gas mask during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. More than 230 members of the 6th Mission Support Group participated in a two-day readiness exercise to learn about important survival skills to succeed in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

Airmen from the 6th Mission Support Group identify and talk about different injuries and how self-aid buddy care can save someone’s life during a readiness training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

Airmen from the 6th Mission Support Group identify and talk about different injuries and how self-aid buddy care can save someone’s life during a readiness training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. During the two-day deployment readiness training, Airmen honed their skills on operating and maintaining the M-4 carbine, operating handheld radios and effectively utilizing mission oriented protective posture gear in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

Airman 1st Class Jesse Booher, a 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oils and lubricants fuels technician, goes through a decontamination line with Airman 1st Class Alexes Shelton, a 6th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, during deployment readiness training, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

Airman 1st Class Jesse Booher, a 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oils and lubricants fuels technician, goes through a decontamination line with Airman 1st Class Alexes Shelton, a 6th Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, during deployment readiness training, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. During the two-day deployment readiness training, Airmen honed their skills to ensure they are prepared to operate in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

Airmen from the 6th Mission Support Group identify and talk about different types of explosives during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

Airmen from the 6th Mission Support Group identify and talk about different types of explosives during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. Participants refreshed their knowledge performing post-attack reconnaissance sweeps, self-aid buddy care, identifying unexploded ordnances, and operating transition points and decontamination lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

A simulated unexploded ordnance is cordoned off during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

A simulated unexploded ordnance is cordoned off during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. More than 230 members of the 6th Mission Support Group participated in a training exercise involving six squadrons to learn about important survival skills to succeed in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Malymezian, the 6th Contracting Squadron superintendent, briefs 6th Mission Support Group Airmen about what to expect during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019.

Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Malymezian, the 6th Contracting Squadron superintendent, briefs 6th Mission Support Group Airmen about what to expect during deployment readiness training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2019. More than 230 members of the 6th Mission Support Group participated in a training exercise involving six squadrons to learn about important survival skills to succeed in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Warner)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 6th Mission Support Group completed a two-day deployment readiness exercise for 233 Airmen across six squadrons, July 24 and 25, at MacDill Air Force Base.

During training, five stations were set up to teach Airmen combat survival skills as well as simulate real-life scenarios they could expect to see while deployed.

“The 6th MSG is ready to support MacDill missions 24-7, 365,” said Col. Eddie Phillips, the 6th MSG commander.

One of those missions is to support the fight downrange.

“It’s important to take time and ensure we are ready to take the fight to the enemy, anywhere in the world, under any conditions,” added Phillips.

Airmen honed their skills operating and maintaining the M-4 carbine, operating handheld radios and effectively utilizing mission oriented protective posture gear in an austere environment.

In addition, participants refreshed their knowledge performing post-attack reconnaissance sweeps, self-aid buddy care, identifying unexploded ordnances, and operating transition points and decontamination lines.

“The 6th MSG’s number one priority is readiness,” said Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Malyemezian, the 6th Contracting Squadron superintendent.

Malyemezian explained further it was very important the 6th MSG utilize career field experts, like the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal Airmen, to teach MSG Airmen about different types of explosives.

“This training focuses on functional areas that are not regular for us, and yet, are absolutely vital for deployment,” Malyemezian added. 

Throughout the two days of training, participants such as a 6th FSS force management technician, Airman 1st Class Brooklynn Magruder, gained valuable insight for use in a dire situation.

“Before today, I didn’t know what to do if someone charges or challenges me,” said Magruder. “It’s really nice to be knowledgeable on things like self-defense and self-aid buddy care that might save someone’s life.”

Additionally, this training benefits Airmen in areas they normally don’t see in their day-to-day jobs, further developing their understanding of the mission.

Though the U.S. military is the most combat tested force in U.S. history, Phillips believes it’s vital to exercise these skills at home.

“Simply put, we must be ready for the full spectrum of warfare to ensure our nation’s future,” Phillips emphasized.

Getting back to the basics of what it means to be in the military is a fundamental objective of deployment training and it is something that every Airman needs to know before deploying.

“We’re Airmen first and our specialty second,” said Malyemezian. “We never know when or where we are going to be deployed, but we need to be ready.”