Minot Air Force Base will soon be home to one of the first tactical response force teams in Air Force Space Command...
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, Mont.--Minot Air Force Base will soon be home to one of the first tactical response force teams in Air Force Space Command.
Minot, along with Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., are the only three bases with TRF teams. Although, no teams are certified yet, Minot’s first TRF is training intensely to have their first team certified by September.
With one team almost complete and certified, the goal is to eventually have five teams at each wing to perform 24-hour standby alert duties, seven days a week. The idea started for these highly trained teams in 2002 under retired General Lance W. Lord, former AFSPC commander.
The TRF’s main goal is to deny access to nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon facilities.
The 91st Security Forces Group guards approximately 8,500 square miles of territory within the missile complex, which amounts to approximately $3.3 billion worth of nuclear defense assets.
“We are dedicated to guard the missiles,” said Tech. Sgt. Charles Doan, 91st SFG.
On a day-to-day basis, the TRF members fly over the missile complex with the 54th Helicopter Squadron to increase security for maintenance operations and respond to any unusual activity or alarms. The members who are not flying are dedicated to intense tactics and weapons training, missile field knowledge and the strengthening of overall team movements.
These teams provide additional support to other missile security forces members and additional security to convoys. Currently there are seven qualified sharp shooters here on base.
The TRF also developed tactics with the 54th HS and created plans on how to better use the helicopters for security.
Each member of the TRF team is selected from the three squadrons in the 91st SFG. Physical conditioning, military record and military plans are considered during the selection process.
“We have highly trained individuals with great precision and decision making skills,” said Maj. Michael Black, 91st SFG TRF commander.
When training is complete, TRF members will be some of the most well-trained Airmen in the Air Force, according to Major Black.