Augmentees add stability in case big one hits

The 39th Security Forces Squadron uses augmentees in extreme need such as a natural disaster. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Donaldson)

The 39th Security Forces Squadron uses augmentees in extreme need such as a natural disaster. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Donaldson)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- The 39th Security Forces Squadron does a great job when it comes to its daily mission, but in case the big one ever hits, the squadron has already taken precautions.

Major Bryan Gillespie, 39th SFS commander, said the ready augmentee program trains Airmen from other squadrons to perform basic security functions in cases of extreme emergencies.

"The augmentees would be used to bolster security in times of extreme need such as a natural disaster because the 39th SFS is only manned for day to day mission requirements," he said.

The training might not be as demanding as a security forces member, but the three-day course does teach the basics.

"We train 'readies' on flightline security, rules of engagement, arming use of force, weapons, combat tactics, host nation rules, searching techniques, and jurisdiction in Turkey," said Staff Sgt. Kevin Smith, 39th SFS augmentee training instructor.

Major Gillespie also said, the augmentees would only be used if absolutely necessary.

"I'm proud to say in my 17 months we have not called the augmentees out once," he said. "We understand they all have jobs and are busy too. We would only call them in dire emergency."

Major Gillespie and Sergeant Smith said that even though the augmentees may never be called upon they are still very important to the mission here.

"The augmentee program is absolutely crucial to base particularly in contingency operations," said Major Gillespie. "Winston Churchill said every Airman must be a base defender, Gen. Ronald Folgelman, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, updated the comment by saying every Airman must be a sensor. The augmentee program is the tip of the spear in relation to these comments and we appreciate their service."

"Ready troops are very important to the overall mission of the base," added Sergeant Smith. "Readies are trained to the point that if called upon they can co-exist with regular security forces personnel on a day to day basis."