“The M-4 bit is actually pretty cool. It lets people pretty much go back to basic training and learn how to disassemble the weapon and reassemble it,” said Airman 1st Class Kalil Petties, 88th Force Support Squadron. “It’s good practice to learn the M-4 and be proficient at it. If your weapon ever jams, then you can take it apart and fix it anyway you need to. It’s like riding a bike, honestly.”
“It was pretty fun. It’s been over a year since I last worked on a weapon, which was the M-16. Now doing the M-4 it was pretty fun and brought back good memories. I hope this training helps people in future deployments,” said Airman David Martinez-Carrasco, 88th Communications Group.
The second day of field training was more scenario-based training with multiple events occurring, requiring a focus on casualty transport in a post-attack environment while wearing MOPP gear.
“The SABC was a lot of carries that I did not expect, a lot of ones that I could see being very useful in the field. It was a good little training experience,” said Petties.
The next iteration of Base Expeditionary Skills Training will be Sept. 11-12.