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51st SFS finish BB 13-02 strong
Senior Airman Eric Salazar, 51st Security Forces Squadron member, secures a bunker located at the wing headquarters building during the last counter surveillance scenario during operation readiness exercise Beverly Bulldog 13-02 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 15, 2013. Counter surveillance scenarios are conducted throughout the ORE in order to help security forces Airmen learn how to better secure the base and defend against opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla)
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51st SFS finish BB 13-02 strong

Posted 2/18/2013   Updated 2/18/2013 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

2/18/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- "We exist to defend the base--in armistice and in war," said Master Sgt. Ernest Calbillo, 51st Security Force Air Base Defense operations and intelligence NCO in charge.

Airmen from the 51st SFS demonstrated their ability to do this during the last counter surveillance scenario, or ground attack, during operation readiness exercise Beverly Bulldog 13-02 at Osan Feb. 15, 2013.

With nearly 20 people acting as opposing forces trying to sneak up and attack the 51st Fighter Wing's headquarters building, security forces Airmen fought them off, one simulated grenade at a time.

"Exercises provide security forces with the ability to apply their air base defense training," Calbillo said. "It lets us practice our tactics and procedures, and hone troop leading skills. In a real-world scenario, we may not receive any significant warning and must be ready at all times. We must do everything; physically, mentally, and emotionally to ready ourselves today for the worst case."

The mission of the 51 SFS is to maintain a secure environment from which to generate combat power, and exercise like BB 13-02 helps condition the Airmen of the 51st SFS for anything that might come their way.

"They work long hours in harsh conditions, 24 hours, seven days a week, yet remain highly motivated," Calbillo said. "This is who we are and what we do. We are the Air Force's shield. We willingly stand between the enemy and our base population so others can generate combat power."

2/25/2013 6:10:53 AM ET
I was stationed at Osan 1984-85 and assigned to 51st SPS. I see alot has changed since my tour of duty. Osan was a great assignment. Great job 51st SFS. ABGD has come along way since my day. I miss the military life. I am proud to have served with such a great unit.
Brian Taylor, Bismarck ND
2/17/2013 7:34:52 AM ET
They are the best of the best.
Jack Frazier, St. Louis MO.
2/15/2013 7:10:38 AM ET
I just want to say Good job. I was at Osan in 197173. I was very proud to serve my country there. Osan was the best duty station ever. There is no doubt in my mind that these fellow Bros could defend our base. Again good job Bros.Former SGT. Ed Fowler from WV.
Ed Fowler, Bruceton Mills WV
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