Guam – Overseas deployments continue for the Guam Air National Guard with over 30 members of the 254th Security Forces Squadron preparing to mobilize later this summer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Airmen with the team were officially placed on active-duty status last week. Pre-deployment training has been underway to include mounted patrols, dismounted patrols, collapsible baton skills, law enforcement skills, and weapons qualifications, according to Capt. Alvin Alvarez, who will serve as the 254th SFS team commander during the deployment.
The team is tasked to support the Air Force’s Air and Space Expeditionary Force mission in Southwest Asia. This tasking falls under the Air Force Central Command where the Airmen will be primarily focused on the provision of base defense measures, inclusive of personnel and resource security.
Senior Airman Anthony Toves, security forces patrol member for the 254th SFS, will embark on his first deployment and has spent considerable time with fellow Guard members ramping up for the mission.
“My pre-deployment training has helped me gain more knowledge on how to deal with deployment stress and also helped me gain a better understanding on how to properly do my job and perform excellence in being a mission-ready Airman,” said Toves.
The 254th SFS has deployed several teams over the years in support of OEF with this being their 5th deployment.