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Prairie Vigilance- Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron Defender

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold, 5th Security Forces Squadron defender, poses for a portrait on Oct. 19, 2020 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Reabold operates the .240 Echo machine gun out of the Humvee turret on the lead convoy as she and her fellow defenders scout the road and inestigate the avenues of appoach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh W. Strickland)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
Airman 1st Class Lauryn Reabold is a 5th Security Forces Squadron defender. She is part of a convoy that provides security to the base and ensures security of assets at Minot Air Force Base. Her responsibilities include making strategic sweeps of the base, scanning the road for potential threats and keeping eyes on all avenues of approach.
 
“I think it’s really cool to be a part of this mission,” Reabold said. “I never thought I would be a part of an important mission like this.”
 
Reabold operates a .240 Bravo machine gun from a turret mounted on top of a Humvee.
 
“I have no words,” Reabold commented on Prairie Vigilance. “It’s empowering, especially being a female in the military. It’s being up in the turret with a machine gun, it’s pretty empowering to be the first line of defense for these weapons.”
 
Reabold is from Buffalo, New York and has been a Defender since May of 2019. She arrived at Minot AFB last November. She joined the military to prove to herself that she could do it and in doing so she says that she has become more confident in herself. “I can do anything I put my mind to,” said Reabold.