Coming to Wright-Patterson offered the cadets an opportunity for an inside look at operations at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 88th Air Base Wing’s Security Forces military working dogs section, and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
“While here the cadets were able to spend time in an AFRL F-16 simulator, participate in a military working dog demonstration, and they were given a behind the scenes tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force,” said Suwabe.
“He’s fast!” said USAFA cadet Staff Sgt. Sean Konomos when asked how it was to get taken down by a military working dog.
“I definitely have a better understanding of the variety of skill sets that our security forces professionals bring to the table,” said Madison Estuesta, ROTC cadet and graduating senior, after her time in the bite suit.
“It was very nerve wracking waiting for him to catch me, knowing that he was bearing down on me. It was intense,” she added.
We wanted to give the cadets a unique look at the different aspects of the security forces career field, and hope that they walked away from this experience with a better perspective of what we bring to the fight, explained Security Forces specialist and military working dog handler Staff Sgt. Heather Albright.
“They were a very enthusiastic group. I’ve never seen so many hands go up when asked who wanted to don the bite suit and get tackled by one of our military working dogs,” she added.