While the process of training with other branches of the military provides many benefits to training planners, it also provides diverse learning opportunities for those who participate. It gives military personnel the opportunity to practice their tactics and techniques with elements that will offer unexpected challenges to established procedures.
“Every branch trains a different way,” said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ricardo Lopez, a squad leader with the 4th Law Enforcement Battalion. “When we can bring the best of both worlds together like we did today, we become cohesive and can enhance our various training opportunities.”
The value of engaging with new perspectives is an important part of joint operations, and integrated training prepares military members to excel at their jobs.
“Two minds are always better than one,” said Lance Cpl. Nick Johnson, a fire team member with the 4th Law Enforcement Battalion. “We can take multiple aspects into account, and it gives us new perspectives on training and a better look at the big picture.”
While operating around the world, it is likely that many Airmen and Marines will interact with other branches as well as our allies. Integrated training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will prepare Marines and Airmen to tackle future mission challenges while giving them the opportunity to work together to achieve their training and operational objectives.
“The training is taken seriously, and it is great because both sides trade information,” said Senior Airman Scott Araujo, a defender with the 445th SFS. “We learn from them, they learn from us, and in the end, we all benefit.”