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AF defenders, SKorea soldiers train to fend off opposing forces

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, center, 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, issues instructions to disarm simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

Staff Sgt. John Gavin, center, a 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team leader, issues instructions to disarm simulated opposing forces during a Beverly Herd 16-01 training scenario May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The weeklong exercise prepares the 51st Fighter Wing with scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team member searches “outside the wire” for simulated opposing forces during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

A 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team member searches outside the wire for simulated opposing forces during a Beverly Herd 16-01 training scenario May 10, 2016, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The weeklong exercise prepares the 51st Fighter Wing with scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members and a 51st Security Forces Squadron fire team work together during a training scenario for Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. BH 16-01 is a week-long readiness exercise for the 51st Fighter Wing that includes a plethora of scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released)

South Korean army special operations forces members and 51st Security Forces Squadron defenders work together during a Beverly Herd 16-01 training scenario May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The weeklong exercise prepares the 51st Fighter Wing with scenarios like chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear response, active shooter and opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

Republic of Korea army special operations forces members ruck march after stepping off of HH-60P Pave Hawks for Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The SOF members trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

South Korean army special operations forces members ruck march after stepping off of HH-60P Pave Hawks for exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 on May 11, 2016, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The special operators trained with the 51st Security Forces Squadron on opposing forces scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) -- Defending the men and women of Osan Air Base is one challenge to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, but defending an entire country is quite another.

To bring a force multiplier to the table, the 51st SFS defenders trained with South Korean army special operations forces during a training scenario May 11 as part of the Beverly Herd 16-01 exercise.

“We test our defenders by teaching them different ways attacks can happen, as well as strengthening our bonds with our (South Korean) counterparts,” said Tech. Sgt. Swen Swearingen, the 51st SFS NCO in charge of armistice plans.

The South Korean special operators were transported to Osan AB via HH-60P Pave Hawks earlier in the day. While at the base, their goal was to increase interoperability with the security forces for combat operation readiness.

“In a real situation, we need as much support to defend the base as possible,” Swearingen said. “They come down to help us out and give us a unique toolset to aide in our defense.

“While there is a sizeable language barrier between the two forces, they still get it done,” he added. “But when shots start getting fired, that language barrier doesn’t matter; it’s all about taking care of each other and completing the mission.”

The joint forces simulated live fire, and the shoot, move and communicate actions to thwart opposing forces, which consisted of Airmen new to the base.

“Participating in OPFOR, you get a small taste of what you’ll be dealing with during your year stay here at Osan,” Swearingen said. “They see how our on-duty defenders respond to incidents, and hopefully bring an outside perspective to the fight.”

Airman 1st Class Samantha Flores, a 51st SFS fire team member, participated in the OPFOR program and caught her first glimpse of the base’s readiness.

“This exercise is a lot more interactive than what I’ve experienced in the past,” she said. “It was fun as well as informative. I got to see what to look forward to in the year ahead.”

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