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Special Tactics Training Squadron Dedicates Building To Selfless Hero

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Those who have walked the grounds of Hurlburt Field know that the entire base is engulfed with Air Force history. The street names, buildings, airpark, and training complexes all tell a story and keep memories alive of perhaps a father, husband, son, daughter, or in many cases – a hero.

Today, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col William “Bill” Schroeder’s name was bound forever to Special Tactics and Hurlburt Field history when the Special Tactics Training Squadron annex building, which formerly housed the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, was dedicated in his namesake.

A crowd of family and friends amidst a sea of berets gathered as key leadership within the 24th Special Operations Wing, alongside members of Schroeder’s family, unveiled the new name of the STTS annex building which now reflects “Schroeder Special Tactics Training Facility.”

“The STTS forges and refines the next generation of America’s Special Operations Warriors,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, presiding officer of the ceremony and incoming commander of the 24th SOW. “The men and women who walk these halls are preparing to take their place in the front lines of the most powerful Air Force and Special Operations Command in our nation’s history.”

Schroeder’s name, now prominently displayed on the front-side of the building, next to the doors of the entryway, will stand as a reminder to future generations of Special Tactics Airmen of Schroeder’s gallant devotion to country and duty.

As a career Special Operations Weather Officer, Schroeder commanded the 10th CWS from June 2013 to May 2014, when it was inactivated.

Susan Schroeder, mother of Bill, described Bill as being dedicated to the Air Force since he was only 12 years old, but Bill’s family has fond memories of his time served as the commander of Thor’s Legion, taking care of Airmen.

“And in this building, in particular, when he took us through it when we first came to visit, he was so proud of everything that was in there,” said Susan.

When the squadron inactivated, special operations weathermen integrated into the 720th Special Tactics Group, adding special reconnaissance capabilities to Special Tactics teams.

Following the 10th CWS, Schroeder commanded the 342nd Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, until April 2016 when he was fatally wounded.

Schroeder, with complete disregard for his own safety, placed himself in direct danger to defend his first sergeant against an armed assailant. Schroeder’s gallant actions allowed the first sergeant to escape and to notify security forces, preventing additional loss of life.

Schroeder was posthumously awarded the Airman’s Medal, which is given to those who distinguish themselves by heroic acts outside of combat.

 

“Bill gave his life defending his teammates in San Antonio on 8 April 2016, but he lived every day of his life reminding us of the importance of service to others, love of country, and love of his fellow man,” said Allen. “And it’s in this legacy that the ST community proudly dedicates this building to Bill.”

 

Alongside the building dedication, Schroeder is also memorialized through a recent career change within Special Tactics.

On April 1, the Special Operations Weather Team career field transitioned into Special Reconnaissance, or SR, shifting their primary focus to reconnaissance capabilities brought to a Special Tactics team. “SR” is the operator-initials of Schroeder, an intentional renaming to memorialize a former leader.

 

Special Reconnaissance Airmen have been an integral piece of Special Tactics with unique training to conduct multi-domain reconnaissance and surveillance across the spectrum of conflict and crisis. As SR, they will continue to maintain their application of lethal and non-lethal air-to-ground integration of airpower.

 

Susan spoke about what the building dedication means to their family.

 

“We want you all to know how much gratitude we feel towards all of you who are recognizing our son, our husband, our father, at this very time, with this very, very unique dedication,” said Susan.

 

24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Max Talk 26: Advanced Patrolling 2: Multiple Enemy Firing Points

Monday, June 17th, 2019

This is the twenty sixth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

A follow up video to the previous ‘Advanced Patrol Techniques: Satellite Patrolling.’ This time, examining and running a sand table scenario for multiple enemy firing points. Utilizing a sand table model with figurines, as a method of introduction to explain these advanced patrolling techniques.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

1st SFAB Soldiers Hone Close Combat Skills on Army’s Newest Virtual Trainer

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — A combat advisor team from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade was the first unit of its type to train for an upcoming deployment using one of the Army’s recently-fielded virtual trainers at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Soldiers of Combat Advisor Team 1133 conducted key-leader engagement and insider-threat training in early June using the Squad Advanced Marksmanship Training system to help them prepare for their overseas combat advisory role.

The SAMT provides a realistic training environment for Soldiers, fire teams and squads to hone their skills on close combat tasks, enabling them to conduct critical tasks repetitively to improve target identification, decision-making, and shooting skills.

“With SAMT, you can get as many reps as you want with minimal cost to your logistics,” said Sgt. 1st Class Silvestre Marrufo, team non-commissioned officer in charge, Combat Advisor Team 1133, 1st Battalion, 1st SFAB. “Day or night, rain or snow, you can come in here and do any kind of training. It’s whatever you and the technician can think of, so it’s pretty beneficial.”

A combination of new and improved technologies increases the realism of the training, said Tim Sayers, a capability developer for the Army’s Synthetic Training Environment. The replica M4 rifles and M9 and Glock 19 pistols are designed to approximate the form, fit and function of the weapons Soldiers use every day, he said. Magazines filled with compressed air actions the bolts and produces a recoil effect without requiring external cables.

Soldiers say they like the improved realism.

“This system allows us to do a lot more. I could have my whole team in here instead of having half of them serve as actors,” said Capt. Karis Farrrar, team leader for Combat Advisor Team 1133, 1st Battalion, 1st SFAB. “All the weapons are bluetooth, so it allows the Soldiers to actually work with their equipment. They’re not tethered to anything — it feels like you’re in a room.”

The system offers a myriad of drills that allow Soldiers to practice advanced marksmanship skills such as firing with non-dominant hand and firing on the move as they transition between rifle and sidearm, Sayers said. This type of training is critical because marksmanship is a perishable skill.

“The SAMT really trains Soldiers in decision-making,” Sayers said. “They have to quickly identify targets and decide whether to engage while being consistently aware of their surroundings.”

Fort Benning is one of nine Army sites that now boast the SAMT. The capability was installed first in March at Fort Drum, New York, with additional fieldings completed at other major installations including Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

By fall, the trainer will be operational at more than 20 locations in the United States, Sayers said.

The SAMT was developed by the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team (located in Orlando, Florida) and the Close Combat Lethality Task Force, in an effort to address the erosion of close-combat capability skills identified in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Strategy.

Insights gained from SAMT usage will inform development of a future immersive marksmanship capability known as the Soldier/Squad Virtual Trainer, Sayers added.

For now, the SAMT is helping 1st SFAB Soldiers at Fort Benning better prepare for potential deployment later this year.

“We’ve talked to the operators and they’ve started working on a couple of different scenarios…all things that will add to the stress a little bit while you’re still picking up on the triggers while having a conversation with the principle,” said Staff Sgt. James Elliott, Senior Support Advisor, Combat Advisor Team 1133.

By Patti Bielling, Synthetic Training Environment CFT

Shooter Symposium Wrap Up – Presented by SureFire

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

SureFire is the title sponsor of the finest firearms training event in the world, The Shooter Symposium. The Shooter Symposium is a one-of-a-kind training event in which 11 of the world’s top firearms instructors congregate to provide training over a three day period for 100+ likeminded attendees. Students will have the opportunity to train with up to seven of the instructors over the course of the weekend. Courses include handgun, rifle, low-light, night vision, medical and force-on-force combatives. On top of phenomenal training, the first day hosts a vendor show and live-fire range day along with several competitions where students will have a chance to win tens of thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The prize table will include SureFire suppressors, WeaponLights, holsters and many more tactical products from supporting brands. The 2019 instructor roster includes: Robert Vogel, Mike Pannone, Craig Douglas, Aaron Cowan, Dan Brokos, Jared Reston, Kerry Davis, Bill Blowers, Steve Fisher, Chuck Pressburg, Scott Jedlinski and Kyle Defoor has just signed on for The Shooter Symposium 2020! Learn more at:  www.shootersymposium.com The Ranch TX www.theranchtx.net

 

Instructor list:

Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics

Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical

Chuck Pressburg of Presscheck Consulting

Craig Douglas of ShivWorks

Dan Brokos of Lead Faucet Tactical

Jared Reston of Reston Group Critical Solutions

Kyle Defoor of Defoor Proformance Shooting

Kerry Davis of Dark Angel Medical

Mike Pannone of CTT-Solutions

Robert Vogel of Vogel Dynamics

Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts

Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project

Max Talk 25: Advanced Patrol Tactics: Satellite Patrolling

Monday, June 10th, 2019

This is the twenty fifth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

Continuing with the theme on squad maneuver, this video is an introduction to the concept of ‘Satellite Patrolling’ as described in the MVT Tactical Handbook: Small Unit Tactics. Utilizing a sand table model with figurines, as a method of introduction to explain this advanced patrolling technique.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.

New SIG SAUER Academy Course: Ballistic Data Xchange Optics System

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Get Ready for Hunting Season at the SIG SAUER Academy with the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System Course

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 6, 2019) –SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX™) Optics System Course to the upcoming class schedule.  

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The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Ballistic Data Xchange Optics System combines traditional hunting equipment with technology. BDX is a fully integrated rangefinder and riflescope system that utilizes Applied Ballistics Ultralight and Bluetooth™ using an Android or iOS device to calculate and illuminate the exact holdover dot for the perfect shot. BDX™ is simple, fast, and intuitive – just connect the dot.

The BDX Optics System Course explores the practical understanding of the complete BDX system and its application for hunting, training, and competition for the precision scoped rifle shooter.  Students in this one-day course will learn how to operate the already easy to use BDX system, and apply their skills on the range with the BDX system shooting multiple targets at varying distances.

A complete BDX system will be provided to all class participants for hands-on-use and training.

The first offering of the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System Operator is June 18, 2019.  To register and review the course outline for Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System, or review the comprehensive course offering for SIG SAUER Academy visit sigsaueracademy.com.

 

SureFire Field Notes Ep 44 -Tactical Application of Competition Shooting with Mike Pannone

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Mike Pannone is a former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and 1st SFOD-D (Delta) as well as a competition USPSA pistol shooter holding a Master class ranking in Limited, Limited-10 and Production divisions. He has participated in stabilization, combat and high-risk protection operations in support of U.S. policies throughout the world as both an active duty military member, and a civilian contractor. After sustaining a severe blast injury Mike retired from 1st SFOD-D and worked as a Primary Firearms Instructor for the Federal Air Marshal Program in Atlantic City and the head in-service instructor for the Seattle field office of the FAMS. He also worked as an independent contractor and advisor for various consulting companies to include SAIC (PSD Iraq), Triple Canopy (PSD Iraq), and The Wexford Group (Counter IED ground combat advisor Iraq and pre-deployment rifle/pistol/tactics instructor for the Asymmetric Warfare Group). Mike was also the Senior Instructor for Viking Tactics (VTAC), and Blackheart International. He started his own consulting company full time in late 2008.

Presented by SureFire

Max Talk 24: Squad Hasty Attack II: Maneuver by Bounding Overwatch

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

This is the twenty fourth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This is a follow up to the ‘Squad in the Attack: Hasty Attack‘ video from last Monday. It explores the use of ‘bounding overwatch’ as an added security measure as the squad advances, and covers additional aspects of squad maneuver under fire. Utilizing a sand table model with army men, as a method of introduction to explain these essential small unit tactics drills.

Detailed explanations can be found in the MVT Tactical Manual: Small Unit Tactics.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

YouTube: Max Velocity Tactical

Excellence in Tactical Training.