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AF defender elites open ‘SWAT’ eval course

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Scott, 633rd Security Forces Squadron bravo flight response force leader, performs ammunition can presses during a training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Scott is a member of 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team, equivalent to a civilian police SWAT (Special Weapons and tactics) Team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Scott, 633rd Security Forces Squadron bravo flight response force leader, performs ammunition can presses during a training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Scott is a member of 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team, equivalent to a civilian police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team. (U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. George Daggett, 633rd Security Forces Squadron swing shift flight chief, performs a recovery swim during a training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team conducted a test trial for a course future candidates will have to accomplish in order to join the EST ranks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. George Daggett, 633rd Security Forces Squadron swing shift flight chief, performs a recovery swim during a training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team conducted a test trial for a course future candidates will have to accomplish in order to join the EST ranks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Day, 633rd Security Forces flight chief, conducts water confidence training during a training evaluation at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. To accomplish this training evolution, Day had to strip-off his combat vest and recover his weapon after jumping into the Shellbank Fitness Center pool blindfolded. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Day, 633rd Security Forces flight chief, conducts water confidence training during a training evaluation at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. To accomplish this training evolution, Day had to strip-off his combat vest and recover his weapon after jumping into the Shellbank Fitness Center pool blindfolded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Day, 633rd Security Forces Squadron flight chief, recovers after completing a water confidence training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Day and his fellow 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team tested a qualification course which will be used for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Day, 633rd Security Forces Squadron flight chief, recovers after completing a water confidence training evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Day and his fellow 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team tested a qualification course which will be used for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Emergency Services Team runs after finishing a water confidence evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The team conducted water confidence training, completed a modified Marine Combat Fitness Test, a ruck march and weapons and tactics drills to develop a baseline for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Emergency Services Team runs after finishing a water confidence evolution at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The team conducted water confidence training, completed a modified Marine Combat Fitness Test, a ruck march and weapons and tactics drills to develop a baseline for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Corral, 633rd Security Forces Squadron training instructor, performs a timed ammunition box lift at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Corral and members of the 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team developed and tested a qualification course which will be used for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Corral, 633rd Security Forces Squadron training instructor, performs a timed ammunition box lift at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. Corral and members of the 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team developed and tested a qualification course which will be used for future candidates who want to join the EST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron Emergency Services Team perform a high crawl during a modified Marine Combat Physical Test at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The team provide services equal to a civilian police SWAT (Special Weapons and tactics) Team , to the installation and train to handle hostage and barricaded suspect situations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron Emergency Services Team perform a high crawl during a modified Marine Combat Physical Test at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The team provide services equal to a civilian police SWAT (Special Weapons and tactics) Team , to the installation and train to handle hostage and barricaded suspect situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Good, 633rd Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, performs a buddy carry during a modified Marine Combat Fitness Test at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. During the modified Marine Combat Physical Test, Good and his fellow members of the 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team performed a low crawl, high crawl and a fireman carry. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Good, 633rd Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, performs a buddy carry during a modified Marine Combat Fitness Test at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. During the modified Marine Combat Physical Test, Good and his fellow members of the 633rd SFS Emergency Services Team performed a low crawl, high crawl and a fireman carry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron Emergency Services Team performed a ruck march from Shellbank Fitness Center to Combat Arms Training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The EST members developed and tested a qualification course, based on the teams abilities to effectively handle hostage and barricaded suspect scenarios, which will be used to assess future candidates looking to join the team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron Emergency Services Team performed a ruck march from Shellbank Fitness Center to Combat Arms Training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 28, 2017. The EST members developed and tested a qualification course, based on the teams abilities to effectively handle hostage and barricaded suspect scenarios, which will be used to assess future candidates looking to join the team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

Ruck sacks, M4 carbines and Beretta-M9s were placed on a table in front of six Airmen who geared up for a day of trial and error, through physical and mental strain April 28.

The Airmen, who make up JBLE’s 633rd Security Forces Squadron Emergency Services Team, were testing a tryout course for fellow defenders to go through in order to join their elite group.

The team went through the course prior to unveiling it, to ensure it would properly test SFS members’ abilities to react swiftly with little to no error in specialized scenarios, including hostage situations, barricaded suspects and active shooters.

“The Emergency Services Team is the Air Force equivalent to a civilian [Special Weapons and Tactics] Team,” said Tech. Sgt. George Daggett, 633rd SFS swing shift flight chief. “First things first, as a ready response force, we are a life-saving organization. We do that through utilizing all of our tactics, speed, surprise and violence of action to save as many lives as possible.”

Testing the tryout course also allowed the members to provide feedback before it was released.

“I think it went pretty well. We will probably do a few adjustments to better suit our guys at this unit because some of it wasn’t necessary,” said Staff Sgt. Gary Good, 633rd SFS training instructor. “We are here to shape and guide them in a tactical environment. Whether it be their shooting platforms, weapon discipline or communication, the tryout will benefit them.”

For Daggett, the most qualified candidates are the ones who have the heart and motivation to make it through the tryout.

“Big picture, the tryout is meant to physically, mentally and emotionally test any candidate that wants to be a member of the team,” Daggett said. “What we’re really looking for is heart, motivation and the spark inside of them that you can’t teach. We can make someone physically fit [and] a better marksmen, and we can teach them tactics, but we can’t teach them to want it and push through when it hurts, when they’re tired and uncomfortable.”

For interested 633rd SFS defenders attempting to try out for the small, specialized team, the course will consist of evaluations like gear-check, pool confidence, modified Marine Fitness Test and a ruck march from the Shellbank Fitness Center to Combat Arms Training facility. The course will be offered every quarter.