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569th USFPS hosts flight of the year competition

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Members assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron conduct timed tests as a part of the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Members had to conduct a vehicle search, don chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protective equipment, fill in paperwork, and reassemble firearms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Defenders with the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight, receive a briefing before starting the field portion of the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Members recovered an injured pilot in a field as a part of the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

A 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight defender reassembles an M-249 light machine gun during the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Members reassembled service firearms during this portion of the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Defenders assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight rest after completing the field portion of the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. The timed competition ended when the last member of the flight crossed the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Defenders assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight, prepare to carry a simulated injured pilot to safety during the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Members carried carry the 200-pound simulated pilot to the start point of the timed competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Defenders with the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight start their patrol during the field portion of the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. The flight recovered a simulated injured pilot as a part of the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

Defenders assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron take defensive fighting positions during the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Defenders exchanged fire with opposing forces using simulated paintball-like ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ricardo Roman, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight team member, stands while his flight prepares for the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. The flight participated in a simulated recovery operation for the field portion of the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron held their annual flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station Germany, throughout April 2019.

A 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Echo Flight defender patrols an area during the flight of the year competition on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, April 12, 2019. Members were armed with paintball-like ammunition and were required to wear protective equipment as they would be taking fire from armed opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron hosted their annual flight of the year competition throughout April on Kapaun Air Station, Germany.

“Each of our five flights are competing against each other, being evaluated on all their tier skill training, and core combat skills that the career field requires,” said Maj. Tyler Hughes, 569th USFPS commander. “We compile all the information and we grade the best flight, who’s the most proficient in the core security forces skills.”

The members competed using their ability to conduct a rescue operation of a simulated injured pilot while taking fire from opposing forces. Members were also tested on their ability to reassemble firearms, don chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and environmental protective equipment, conduct vehicle searches, and properly fill out paperwork.

“Chief Master Sgt. Michael Miller, the 569th USFPS superintendent, and I recognize that law enforcement gets about 90% of our attention here,” said Hughes. “But we do have core competencies that we have to maintain. This type of competition gives us the opportunity to reinforce that and the importance of paying attention to our security and air base defense skills as well.”

This competition also falls directly in line with the Reconstitute Defender Initiative, a multi-year approach to improve the mission effectiveness across the security forces career field. The RDI was designed to restore readiness, revitalize security forces organizations at all levels, and build a more lethal force in accordance with secretary of defense and secretary of the air force initiatives.

The initiative provided additional training to Airmen in the roles of junior Airmen, noncommissioned officer, and flight chief.

“The technical sergeants and staff sergeants are taking what they learn, pushing their folks throughout the year, and this is the culminating event where they get evaluated on how well they do that,” said Hughes.
“I think they did very well. This gave them a chance to showcase their skills for their flight and their leadership.”

The 569th USFPS leadership was involved throughout the entire competition, from spectating the field portion of the test, to running the two-mile run, to the culmination of tests at the end of the competition.

Charlie Flight took home the win, being the most proficient in their security forces skill training for the 569th USFPS’ flight of the year competition.