GUANG SFS Teams Prepare for Deployment

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Guam – JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Guam – The 254th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) of the Guam Air National Guard (GUANG) received an alert order in April for teams of Airmen to deploy later this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Overseas deployments continue for the Guam Air National Guard with almost 30 members of the 254th SFS currently mobilized for training and scheduled to depart in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this fall.

The alert followed the return of a team of SFS Airmen from Al Udeid AB, Qatar, in March, where they were deployed.         

[An Airman fires a weapon during pre-deployment training.  (Photo provided courtesy of Maj. Josephine Blas, Public Affairs Officer for the Guam National Guard)] 

The Airmen were officially placed on active-duty status in July and began pre-deployment training to include mounted patrols, dismounted patrols, collapsible baton skills, law enforcement skills, and weapons qualifications, according to Capt. Alvin Alvarez, who served as the 254th SFS team commander during the previous deployment.

“The deployment proves the reliability and relevance of the members of the Guam Guard,” said Major General Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General for the Guam National Guard.

[02-SFS Training.   Airmen apprehend and secure a suspect during pre-deployment training.  (Photo provided courtesy of Maj. Josephine Blas, Public Affairs Officer for the Guam National Guard)]

The Airmen will be deployed to undisclosed locations in Southwest Asia where they are tasked to support the Air Force’s Air and Space Expeditionary Force mission in Southwest Asia.  The 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. 

“As we’ve done in the past, we seek the continued support of our community and our employers.  And I especially want to stress the appreciation for the tremendous support our members have already received over the years,” he added.

The 254th SFS has deployed several teams over the years in support of OIF and OEF with this being their 7th deployment.