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‘Hybrid Airman’ training enhances 435 CRG mission

A Contingency Response Group Airman focuses while operating a compact track loader during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. A CTL is a versatile piece of machinery that can be equipped with various tools depending on the situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

A Contingency Response Group Airman focuses while operating a compact track loader during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. A CTL is a versatile piece of machinery that can be equipped with various tools depending on the situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ernie T. Williams Jr, 435th Construction and Training Squadron electrical contingency instructor, shows Master Sgts. James Bindert and Daniel Williams from the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron how to operate a John Deere tractor with kick broom attachment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. The John Deere with kick broom is used to remove foreign object debris during Rapid Airfield Damage Repair operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ernie T. Williams Jr, 435th Construction and Training Squadron electrical contingency instructor, shows Master Sgts. James Bindert and Daniel Williams from the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron how to operate a John Deere tractor with kick broom attachment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. The John Deere with kick broom is used to remove foreign object debris during Rapid Airfield Damage Repair operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Drouin, 435th Construction and Training Squadron pavements and equipment maintenance craftsman, provides instruction on a volumetric mixer to members of the 435th Contingency Response Group during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. The volumetric mixer prepares asphalt materials during the Rapid Airfield Damage Repair process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Drouin, 435th Construction and Training Squadron pavements and equipment maintenance craftsman, provides instruction on a volumetric mixer to members of the 435th Contingency Response Group during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. The volumetric mixer prepares asphalt materials during the Rapid Airfield Damage Repair process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 435th Contingency Response Squadron aerial port journeyman, takes a break while operating a telehandler during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. A telehandler unloads rapid-setting concrete sacks from a warehouse trailer and places them in a designated location for ease-of-use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 435th Contingency Response Squadron aerial port journeyman, takes a break while operating a telehandler during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. A telehandler unloads rapid-setting concrete sacks from a warehouse trailer and places them in a designated location for ease-of-use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)

Ramstein Air Base, Germany --

The 435th Contingency Response Group conducted Hybrid Airman training here, Nov. 7, 2019, to instill cross-functional knowledge across its units.

The 435th Construction and Training Squadron hosted this iteration of Hybrid Airman training and chose to familiarize Airmen on the Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) process. RADR encompasses all actions required to rapidly repair aircraft operating surfaces and localized infrastructure to recover operations at an airfield after attack, whether the airfield is offered for use by a host nation or established as a US operating location.

“In a complex, contested environment with a high attrition rate, we need our Airmen to be able to fill a variety of roles,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Terry, 435th CRG commander.

The event, put together by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Drouin, 435th CTS pavements and equipment maintenance craftsman, in hopes of giving attendees an “idea on how the RADR process works and how to operate the equipment associated within the RADR process.” Additionally, Drouin hopes that the training will “instill confidence in the student’s ability to operate the heavy machinery equipment.”

CRG Airmen were able to take away their own unique experience from the training.

“The most interesting thing I learned during the training was learning what (the equipment) does and what it is capable of doing,” said U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Donovan Reid, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron, Aerospace Maintenance Flight, noncommissioned officer in charge. “As a crew chief, this training provides the necessary hands-on training in order to augment personnel tasked with building tents and other shelter options for contingency response forces.”

The 435th CRG is USAFE-AFAFRICA’s only open-the-base force. It provides scalable, cross-functional and rapidly deployable forces designed to assess and open airbases in order to perform initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the area of responsibility. Hybrid Airman training provides the 435th CRG with cross-functional Airmen who are able to operate in austere environments.