Exercise Frozen Defender: 435 SFS secures airfield

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Silva, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team member, provides security for his comrades while they carry a simulated casualty during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. Evaluators designed the exercise schedule to test the Defenders’ flexibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Silva, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team member, provides security for his comrades while they carry a simulated casualty during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. Evaluators designed the exercise schedule to test the Defenders’ flexibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Esteban Goniwicha, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, left, and Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th SFS contingency response team leader, scan an airfield for threats during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The Defenders were confronted with opposition forces to add realism to the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Esteban Goniwicha, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, left, and Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th SFS contingency response team leader, scan an airfield for threats during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The Defenders were confronted with opposition forces to add realism to the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Sutton, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, and his comrade carry a litter with a simulated casualty during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The Defenders faced scenarios requiring self-aid and buddy care practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Silva, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team member, provides security for his comrades while they carry a simulated casualty during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. Evaluators designed the exercise schedule to test the Defenders’ flexibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Doug Dinkins, 435th Security Forces commander, briefs evaluators and observers about exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The evaluators and observers provided feedback to strengthen the Defenders’ proficiencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Esteban Goniwicha, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, provides security on an airfield during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. Goniwicha and his comrades cleared the airfield of any simulated adversaries to enable air operations in the austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Kostiuk, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, provides security for his comrades while they carry a simulated casualty during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. While the Defenders performed sweeps on the airfield, they were confronted by opposition forces and quickly responded to neutralize the threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dillion Rickman, 435th Security Forces Squadron vehicle maintainer, left, and Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th SFS contingency response team leader, perform a body check during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The 435th SFS is capable of securing areas in austere environments so their counterparts within the 435th Contingency Response Group can stand up airfields for air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Kostiuk, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, performs a sweep on an airfield during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. Kostiuk and his team conducted the sweeps to secure the airfield from potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dillion Rickman, 435th Security Forces Squadron vehicle maintainer, left, and Staff Sgt. Esteban Goniwicha, 435th SFS ground combat readiness training center instructor, right, lift Staff Sgt. Collin Braun, 435th SFS resource advisor, during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The exercise provided opportunities for the Defenders to use various skillsets to complete their mission including self-aid and buddy care, vehicle disablement, and building clearing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Staff Sgt. Aaron Kostiuk, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training center instructor, stands up after applying a tourniquet to himself during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The use of self-aid and buddy care allowed the Defenders to continue the mission and thwart any hostile forces from taking control of the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team leader, slings his rifle over his shoulder during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The Defenders maintained vigilance as they faced adversarial encounters throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Defenders assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron perform sweeps on an airfield during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 14, 2020. Frozen Defender tests the squadron’s capabilities in a contested environment under harsh conditions. The fireteam conducted the sweeps after receiving simulated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance on threats in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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