Guernsey joint training center opens
A Russian delegation took part in a military exercise at the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center April 18 through 22.


By Capt. Warren Neary, 90th SW Public Affairs
Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2005

  
Guernsey joint training center opens
F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Airmen 1st Class Chade Speakman (foregorund) and Michael Duncan, both from the 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron, take part in Road Warrior IV April 22 at the new joint training facility in Camp Guernsey, Wyo.


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F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, WYO. – A Russian delegation took part in a military exercise at the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center April 18 through 22.

The Russian delegation participated in Air Force Space Command’s Road Warrior IV exercise. The joint United States and Russia training was designed to improve security operations for strategic resources at the Nuclear and Space Security Tactics Training Center, located on Camp Guernsey.

“There’s no substitute for live training in a real environment to really hone your skills,” said General Lance Lord, AFSPC commander. “This center gives us a chance to have a place to operate out of and work within the confines of Camp Guernsey.”

“We greatly appreciate the outstanding support the Wyoming National Guard has provided to help us establish this new training facility,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Klotz, 20th Air Force commander.

The creation of this facility allows for maintainers, operators and security forces Airmen to receive the weapons and security tactics training necessary to preserve the highest level of nuclear surety, according to the generals.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dismounted troop or you’re flying aviation, just about every kind of environment you would want to train for is somewhere on this post,” said Army Maj. Gen. Ed Wright, Wyoming adjutant general. “That makes us very attractive.”

The training center was also well received by Warren Airmen in the Road Warrior IV exercise.

“I thought the training center was excellent,” said Airman 1st Class Chad Speakman, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron. “Also, the training was improved and more efficient from last year. I got to fire weapons that I had never had the chance to work with before.”

The facility will allow an opportunity for security forces members to exercise using the full range of their weapons.

“This training facility is a shining example of the partnerships the Wyoming Army National Guard and Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center have forged with the active duty military, reserve component forces, law enforcement and governmental agencies,” said Lt. Col. Steve Mount, Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center garrison commander.

During the visit, Russian delegation members toured several Warren facilities and observed the procedures and physical means for protecting those facilities against attacks.

“It is important to coordinate the security of our resources and to make sure we maintain our capabilities,” said General Lord. “President [George W.] Bush and President [Vladimir] Putin have agreed to get together and let the U.S. and Russia take a look at, in a sharing kind of way, the practices here at Camp Guernsey where we’ve set up this tremendous facility with the support of the State of Wyoming.”


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