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Staff Sgt. Kevin Perez, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron response force member, inspects the ruck of Airman 1st Class Dennis Hannas, 377th WSSS response force member at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2019. Air assault training is a ten-day course that consists of three phases concluding in a 12 mile ruck march. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Airman 1st Class Dennis Hannas, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron response force member, tightens his helmet at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2019. Hannas and eight other defenders traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas, for air assault training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Members of the 377th Security Forces Group practice packing procedures for their upcoming air assault training at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2019. Air assault training is a ten-day course that consists of three phases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

377th Security Forces Group Airmen pose for a group photo at Fort Bliss, TEXAS., March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG graduated from the Fort Bliss Air Assault Training School March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

377th Security Forces Group Airmen pose for a group photo at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG graduated from the Fort Bliss Air Assault Training School March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Maj. Shawn Chamberlin, 377th Security Forces Squadron commander, teach his Airmen in air assault physical training fundamentals at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2019. Chamberlin is not only an Air Assault school graduate but an Army Ranger school graduate as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Airman 1st Class Tyrone Cook, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron response force member, sings the Army song at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air assault trainees were taught aeromedical evacuation, sling load and rappelling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Airman 1st Class Gabriel Rodriguez, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee, stands at attention during formation at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air Assault trainees learn aeromedical evacuation, sling load and rappelling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Senior Airman Kimball Butler, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee, sings the Army song at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen laugh while in Air Assault Training School at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

U.S. Army Cpl. Alexandra Perez, Iron Training Detachment air assault instructor, instructs Staff Sgt. James Tienor, 377th Security Forces Group Air Assault trainee, on proper rappelling techniques at Fort Bliss, TEXAS., March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG at Kirtland Air Force Base N.M., graduated from the Fort Bliss Air Assault Training School March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)
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U.S. Army Cpl. Alexandra Perez, Iron Training Detachment air assault instructor, instructs Staff Sgt. James Tienor, 377th Security Forces Group Air Assault trainee, on proper rappelling techniques at Fort Bliss, TEXAS., March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG at Kirtland Air Force Base N.M., graduated from the Fort Bliss Air Assault Training School March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Manuel Salais, Iron Training Detachment Senior Air Assault instructor and Cpl. Alexandra Perez, Iron Training Detachment Air Assault instructor, perform inverted rappel techniques while U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Roy, Air Force Security Forces Center Detachment 3 NCOIC current operations looks on at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air Assault Class 004-19, was the last class to graduate from the Iron Training Detachment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Air Assault Class 004-19 trainees perform rappel operations at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Rappel operations were taught in phase 3 of air assault training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Airman 1st Class Dennis Hannas, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee, receives a belay from Senior Airman Kimball Butler, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee, while performing rappel operations at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8. Hannas was a part of Air Assault Class 004-19, the last class to graduate from the Iron Training Detachment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Senior Airman Kimball Butler, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee, performs fast rope rappelling at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

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Airman 1st Class Dennis Hannas, 377th Security Forces Group air assault trainee performs fast rope rappelling techniques at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Hannas and eight other defenders traveled to Fort Bliss, TEXAS., for air assault training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Manuel Salais, Iron Training Detachment Senior Air Assault instructor, demonstrates proper fast rope rappel techniques to members of the 377th Security Forces Group at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG graduated from Air Assault Training School at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 11, 2019 after a 10-day course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Manuel Salais, Iron Training Detachment Senior Air Assault instructor, demonstrates proper fast rope rappel techniques to members of the 377th Security Forces Group at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 8, 2019. Nine members of the 377th SFG graduated from Air Assault Training School at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 11, 2019 after a 10-day course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

FORT BLISS, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Kevin Perez, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron response force member, inspects the ruck of Airman 1st Class Dennis Hannas, 377th WSSS response force member at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2019. Air assault training is a ten-day course that consists of three phases concluding in a 12 mile ruck march. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)