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U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron contingency operations, receive a briefing during guard mount at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, July 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron contingency operations, receive a briefing during guard mount at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, July 26, 2018. Through a new initiative, different organizations across the base now brief the Airmen during guard mount to better prepare them for their duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

U.S. Army Capt. Alexandria Argue, 39th Medical Group veterinarian, briefs members of the 39th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, July 26, 2018.

U.S. Army Capt. Alexandria Argue, 39th Medical Group veterinarian, briefs members of the 39th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, July 26, 2018. Security Forces is using guard mount as an opportunity for outside sources to provide vital information on a variety of topics, such as the brief Argue gave on the different venomous snakes in the region and has given valuable time back to the defenders working in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

Each day, U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron gather for guard mount, geared up and ready for their shift. This time is used to take accountability, ensure members are fully prepared for their job and now, provide Airmen with important information from around the base.

Realizing it is hard for Airmen working in the field to have timely access to information, the 39th Medical Group started an initiative to bring information directly to the warfighter. Providing pertinent occupational and medical information, Airmen of the 39th Security Forces Squadron feel partnering with other base agencies during guard mount has helped them utilize their time and resources better.

 “[Guard mount] is the best time to hear the briefs,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah Williams, 39th SFS response force contingency member. “We do not get a lot of time, otherwise.”

Some of the organizations that brief are Mental Health, Public Health and the Chapel. These briefs are designed to build the physical, mental and emotional resilience of all Airmen assigned to the 39th Air Base Wing.

 “We are going out to guard mount because SFS is one of the largest squadrons. They are very important to our safety, especially with the unique mission of our base,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Sarah Jagoe, 39th Medical Group clinical nurse. “It is our goal to keep our special duty members safe and healthy.”

The 39th MDG also wanted to make sure each brief was localized for the conditions they will encounter at Incirlik Air Base. For example, 39th SFS members operate in a range of environments, Medical wanted to make sure each Airman is prepared and given applicable safety tips for his or her job, especially when working outdoors.

 “There have been a few sightings of snakes around the perimeter so be cautious when you are out there working,” said U.S. Army Capt. Alexandria Argue, 39th Medical Group veterinarian, after handing out visual aids during guard mount.

By tailoring the way they deliver information, the 39th MDG has made a direct impact by innovating the way we communicate with our Airmen. Armed with more knowledge, defenders are now better equipped to secure and protect the installation.