720th Security Forces Squad Leader Technical Sgt. John Colby has been selected to be part of Air Force Reserve Command’s new Integrated Defense Leadership Course. The concept is to teach the critical training of security forces and the new mindset for future battles in an agile combat environment.
After successfully completing the initial beta class, Tech. Sgt. Colby was invited to join the cadre and become a course instructor for the remainder of the year.
In many ways, Colby is representative of many of the people who make up the Air Force Reserve. His service began in another branch of the United States Army when he began his career in the service of the United States Marine Corps Infantry. Much of the training performed at IDLC is similar to what he learned at the Infantry School during his time in the Marines.
In addition to training security forces, medical training at IDLC focuses on tactical combat casualty care. This new T-CCC training will ultimately be extended to the entire Air Force. Colby’s civilian job as a firefighter and paramedic prepared him for this role.
“Medical training is something that is in my wheelhouse, so I’m able to help with instruction on those skill sets. I have been teaching tactical medicine for over 10 years, ”Tech said. Sgt. Colby.
The entire course focuses on learning expeditionary skills common to training security forces. The idea is to commit to more hours and training than is otherwise impossible in a Unit Formation Assembly. The intention is to change the mindset of defenders of the security forces and to see things a little differently.
“As defenders we are trained in expeditionary skills, but a lot of the sustainment training we do at our home base focuses on the law enforcement aspect of being a defender,” Colby said. “And this course changes that and examines the model for the future, with future fights and future engagements.”
The course is designed for Reservists by Reservists. All executives are members of the Air Force Reserve and graduates are able to improve their skills and take that experience home. All participants will walk away with a bulletin indicating what training was completed and how well they performed, allowing their home units to continue developing these skills during normal ATU weekends.
“Traditionally, these types of courses have been designed for active duty personnel,” Colby said. “When Reservists took the previous training course, it was not always tailored to benefit everyone, in the same way that IDLC is able to focus on the specific needs of the reserve. . “
During the course, students received practical application of 52 training items from their Air Force Specialty Code field training and education plans. Earn over 190 hours of field instruction. Not all reserve locations have the resources or subject matter experts to meet all of these training requirements, making a centralized training course crucial to maintaining combatant readiness.
The 720 Security Forces Squadron is part of the 943rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., A geographically separate unit from the 920 Rescue Wing at Patrick Space Force Base, Fla.