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A U.S. Army infantryman acts as opposing forces during readiness exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01, on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 8, 2016. Beverly Midnight 16-01 provides ROK and U.S. armed forces the opportunity to hone resourceful skills used in the event of real-world contingencies. The 51st Security Forces Squadron utilized Airmen and Soldiers to play opposing forces while teaching them combat skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

A U.S. Army infantryman acts as opposing forces during exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, March 8, 2016. Beverly Midnight 16-01 provides South Korea and U.S. armed forces the opportunity to hone resourceful skills used in the event of real-world contingencies. The 51st Security Forces Squadron utilized Airmen and Soldiers to play opposing forces while teaching them combat skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Sams, 51st Security Forces Squadron wing inspection team member, gives an out-brief after a simulated attack during readiness exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01, on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 8, 2016. Sams discussed the simulated attack to the defenders, giving advice on areas for improvement. The exercise allowed defenders to practice for real-world contingencies while honing combat skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Sams, a 51st Security Forces Squadron wing inspection team member, gives an out-brief after a simulated attack during exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, March 8, 2016. Sams discussed the simulated attack to the defenders, giving advice on areas for improvement. The exercise allowed defenders to practice for real-world contingencies while honing combat skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) -- Security forces defenders charged full speed into exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01 during multiple opposing forces attacks March 7.

Beverly Midnight is one of many recurring exercises held at Osan Air Base allowing the defenders and augmentees to train year-round in the high operations environment.

More than 60 augmentees, including Army infantry personnel, traveled to Osan AB to participate in the exercise, creating a joint-service training opportunity for the defenders.

“Practicing these attacks allows us to perfect our combat tactics in the event of a real-world incident,” said Airman Devin Howard, a member of the 51st Security Forces Squadron. “Practice makes perfect and exercises like this allows us to be more prepared for contingency operations.”

With both strategic and tactical training, they are able to protect more than 10,000 U.S. troops and their families stationed at Osan AB.

The Army personnel assisted with small unit tactics helping Airmen on a day-to-day basis.

Army Staff Sgt. Romaine Wisdom, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, was one of 19 personnel embedded with the 51st SFS.

“We implemented various maneuvers to make it harder for the Air Force personnel to attack,” he said. “Our communication is the key to our success with these training scenarios.”

The tactical simulated attacks give defenders the opportunity to showcase their ability to position, employ and sustain forces.

“The stress from the environment allows for a better training opportunity,” said Tech. Sgt. Thomas Valenzuela, a 51st SFS standards and evaluations and wing inspection team member. “It creates a livelier, realistic scenario helping our Airmen here prepare for real-world contingencies in the event of foreign aggression.”

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