Defenders sharpen skills at combat arms

Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron arrive for a training day at the combat arms training and maintenance center Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  The combat arms classes are comprised of a class safety portion in the morning and a firing portion in the afternoon and evening. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron arrive for a training day at the combat arms center Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The combat arms classes are comprised of a class safety portion in the morning and a firing portion in the afternoon and evening. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Senior Airman Enrique Salas, 39th Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, gives commands during the firing portion of a combat arms class Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  Combat arms instructors teach weapons qualifications for situations such as permanent change of station, deployments and to keep Airmen fresh in their weapons skills.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Senior Airman Enrique Salas, 39th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, gives commands during the firing portion of a combat arms class Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Combat arms instructors teach weapons qualifications for situations such as permanent change of station, deployments and to keep Airmen fresh in their weapons skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Edgardo Rosero, 39th Security Forces Squadron assistant NCO in charge of combat training and maintenance, reviews a target board Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Combat arms classes are composed of both an indoor and outdoor portion. During the two-hour class room portion, Combat Arms instructors review safety procedures, assembly and disassembly of both the M-9 pistol and M-4 rifle, and afterwards they go out and put skills to use on the range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Edgardo Rosero, 39th Security Forces Squadron assistant NCO in charge of combat arms, reviews a target board Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. CA classes are composed of both an indoor and outdoor portion. During the two-hour classroom portion, CA instructors review safety procedures, assembly and disassembly of both the M9 pistol and M4 rifle, and afterwards they go out and put skills to use on the range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

M-9 shells are tossed into a bucket after a combat arms training and maintenance class Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  The CA classes include a safety classroom portion as well as a daytime and nighttime shooting portion for all security forces Airmen.  Airmen qualifying under other career fields are only required to shoot during the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

M9 shells are tossed into a bucket after a combat arms class Sept. 4, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The CA classes include a safety classroom portion as well as a daytime and nighttime shooting portion for all security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Van Etten, 39th Security Forces military working dog handler, inspects an M-4 rifle before a combat arms training and maintenance class Aug. 14, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron are required to fire their weapons at least once a year on both M-4 and M-9 weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Van Etten, 39th Security Forces military working dog handler, inspects an M4 rifle before a combat arms class Aug. 14, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron are required to fire their weapons at least once a year on both M4 and M9 weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Airmen from the 39th Security Forces Squadron attended a combat arms class Sept. 4, here.

Combat arms training instructors ensure Airmen are combat ready with this hands-on course.

The classroom and shooting qualification tests are designed to prepare Airmen for permanent change of duty stations, deployments and weapons qualifications.

Also offered at the CA range are shotgun classes for 39th Operations Support Squadron personnel and the Basic Arms Training Course for Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents.

Unlike other career fields who less often deal with the handling of weapons, defenders from the 39th Security Forces Squadron are required to practice shooting during both the day and at night.

During the two-hour classroom portion, CA instructors review safety procedures, assembly and disassembly of both the M9 pistol and M4 rifle.