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The ‘Bloody Hundredth’ edge; 100th SFS sharpens skills

Staff Sgt. Brian Walker, 100th Security Forces Squadron instructor, observes a student engaging targets in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. Instructors can use the system to count how many shots were fired and where those shots impacted to improve a students performance and responses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Staff Sgt. Brian Walker, 100th Security Forces Squadron instructor, observes a student engaging targets in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. Instructors can use the system to count how many shots were fired and where those shots impacted to improve a students performance and responses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Clay Marentis, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires his simulated weapon during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Clay Marentis, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires his simulated weapon during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Senior Airman Branden Wilborn, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, interviews a subject during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Senior Airman Branden Wilborn, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, interviews a subject during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Katelyn Powers, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires her weapon at the targets in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. The simulator comes with more than 300 different scenarios which can be manipulated by the instructor depending on the response of the student. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Katelyn Powers, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires her weapon at the targets in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. The simulator comes with more than 300 different scenarios which can be manipulated by the instructor depending on the response of the student. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Clay Marentis, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, draws his simulated weapon during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. The simulator is a 300 degree range with five screens, all of which students can interact with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Clay Marentis, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, draws his simulated weapon during a scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. The simulator is a 300 degree range with five screens, all of which students can interact with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Katelyn Powers, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, lowers her weapon in respose to a “shoot, no-shoot” scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Airman 1st Class Katelyn Powers, 100th Security Forces Squadron response force member, lowers her weapon in respose to a “shoot, no-shoot” scenario in the Firearms Training Simulator at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 21, 2019. New scenarios can be created for training that are specific to that particular installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

Defenders train regularly to maintain readiness, so when they receive the call to put their lives at risk for the people they protect, they’re prepared.

The 100th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England, has incorporated a firearms training simulator into their regular training and it’s helping them increase their readiness and posture.

The simulator makes it possible for the “Bloody Hundredth’s” Defenders to immerse themselves in a number of different training situations that they may face in the field.

“It’s a 300 degree range with five screens, all  of them are interactive so students can potentially interact with any of the screens during a scenario,” said Staff Sgt. Jacob Udell, 100th SFS instructor. “We have more than 300 different scenarios to choose from and we can create our own scenarios specific to RAF Mildenhall.

This machine allows security forces to create their own courses to put Defenders on different ranges to practice weapon manipulation and give them more experience using their weapon.

“We have them run different drills for speed and accuracy, then do some ‘shoot, no-shoot’ scenarios,” Udell said. “These scenarios utilize all five screens and ‘people’ pop up and the Defenders have to identify targets and only engage hostile targets.”

The system has imbedded recording devices which document the students actions and allow the instructors to critique their performance.

“Instructors are looking for accuracy. With this system we do a lot more training of what happens after the trigger pull,” Udell said. “We can count how many shots they fired, where their shots impacted and discuss their actions afterwards to improve a students performance and responses.”

Using this new technology helps Defenders increase their trigger time each quarter, as well as their situational awareness.

“We can manipulate the scenario as its running, depending on how the defender is interacting with it,” Udell explained. “If the student is using the proper use-of-force training, we can manipulate the scenario to de-escalate it or make it more aggressive, if they are not handling the situation correctly.”  

The simulator may look like a giant video game, but the applications are very practical.

“This is as realistic as we can get,” said Senior Airman Frank Corcho, 100th SFS response force member. “Similar to real life, we arrive at a scene and are confronted with personnel we’ve never seen before and building layouts we have never encountered. Overall the training is amazing, especially the ‘shoot, no shoot’ scenarios, I love it.”

Training expert Defenders takes time and effort, this machine can help expedite training and improve results.

“The system creates an environment where you are constantly seeing new and different scenarios without overwhelming manpower and resources,” Udell said. “Combine that with additional trigger time, and being able to train past the trigger pull helps us build more confident and lethal defenders.”