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Malmstrom Defenders to represent AFGSC at Defender Challenge 2020

Airman 1st Class Victoria Kelly, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron flight security controller, fires an M-4 carbine rifle July 24, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont.

Airman 1st Class Victoria Kelly, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron flight security controller, fires an M-4 carbine rifle July 24, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Kelly is a member of the 341st Security Forces Group team that will compete in Global Strike Challenge 2019 at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Aug. 5-9. The team trains in preparation for the upcoming competition, which challenges physical fitness, security forces tactics, job knowledge and weapons firing. GSC is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Devin Doskey)

Senior Airman Tyler Arevalo, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force member, fires an M9 pistol July 24, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont.

Senior Airman Tyler Arevalo, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force member, fires an M9 pistol July 24, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Arevalo is a member of the 341st Security Forces Group team that will compete in Global Strike Challenge 2019 at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Aug. 5-9. The team trained in preparation for the upcoming competition, which challenges physical fitness, security forces tactics, job knowledge and weapons firing. GSC is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Devin Doskey)

Members of the 341st Security Forces Group Global Strike Challenge team fire M9 pistols July 25, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont.

Members of the 341st Security Forces Group Global Strike Challenge team fire M9 pistols July 25, 2019, at Fort Harrison, Mont. The team will compete in GSC 2019 at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Aug. 5-9. The team trained in preparation for the upcoming competition, which challenges physical fitness, security forces tactics, job knowledge and weapons firing. GSC is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Devin Doskey)

The award for best Security Forces Tactics Team was given to the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., during the 2019 Global Strike Challenge score posting.

The award for best Security Forces Tactics Team was given to the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., during the 2019 Global Strike Challenge score posting at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 20, 2019. Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND --

Security forces Defenders from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, will represent Air Force Global Strike Command at the Air Force Defender Challenge May 11-15.

Defender Challenge pits the best of the best defenders from across the MAJCOMs and international partners in head-to-head team competition focusing on realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations, demanding combat endurance procedures and K-9 handling events.

Malmstrom’s Defenders were chosen to represent AFGSC at the competition after their unit took home top honors at Global Strike Challenge in November 2019.

“The competition will allow us to assess our skillset that we may need to employ at a moment’s notice,” said Senior Master Sgt. William Kelly, 341st Security Forces Superintendent. “The selected Defenders from Malmstrom will be ready to make Global Strike Command proud.”

Starting today through Sunday, Malmstrom will hold tryouts located at the base gym. Once tryouts are over, the competitor candidates will be selected Monday, March 9.

The competition was first held as a marksmanship contest in 1952 and was modified to an Olympics-style series of events from 1981 to 2003.

After a 14-year hiatus, the competition was brought back in September 2018.

Malmstrom Defenders will look to win the top prize at the competition at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis in May.

Competition coverage can be seen at:

https://www.afsfc.af.mil/Defender-Challenge/2020-Defender-Challenge/