HomeNewsArticle Display

AFGSC Airmen compete in 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge

These Airmen will be competing with other major command teams during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge.

Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen pose for a group photo Aug. 28, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. These Airmen will be competing with other major command teams during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airmen are highly trained to adhere to the highest standards of personal reliability, dedication and performance.

Tech. Sgt. Bradley Akers, 341st Security Support Squadron weapons and tactics member, points his weapon towards a target Aug. 28, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Airmen are highly trained to adhere to the highest standards of personal reliability, dedication and performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

These Airmen will be competing with other major command teams during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge.

Senior Airman Rosa Young, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron member and Tech. Sgt. Bradley Akers, 341st Security Support Squadron weapons and tactics member, clear a hurdle during an obstacle course Aug. 28, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. These Airmen will be competing with other major command teams during the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airmen will be testing their skills in realistic weapon scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events as part of the 2018 Air force Defender Challenge.

Airman 1st Class Christopher Jackson, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, scales an obstacle during morning physical training Aug. 29, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Airmen will be testing their skills in realistic weapon scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and combat endurance events as part of the 2018 Air force Defender Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- After a 14-year hiatus the Air Force Defender Challenge returns, pitting security forces teams from U.S. Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany Sept. 10-14.

Air Force Global Strike Command selected defenders throughout the MAJCOM, with Barksdale Air Force Base providing the team coach, Tech. Sgt. Krystoffer Miller, 2nd Security Forces Squadron future operations NCO in charge.


“During these four days, the [team] will go through four different competitions,” said Miller. “There’s going to be mental and physical demands with everything expeditionary a security forces defender, across the Air Force, should know before going out the door.”

Prior to the competition, the team trained at Fort Harrison Army Base, Montana, for two weeks. Airmen improved their vigilance and knowledge of weapon firing, tactics, land navigation, and leadership skills.

The team consists of six defenders representing the MAJCOM:

Malmstrom Air Force Base
Tech. Sgt. Bradley Akers, 341st Security Support Squadron weapons and tactics NCO in charge
Senior Airman Tyler Arevalo, 341st Security Support Squadron tactical response force member

Minot Air Force Base
2nd Lieutenant Jonas Daniecki, 5th Security Forces Squadron flight commander
Senior Airman Rosa Young, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron member

Whiteman Air Force Base
Staff Sgt. Katlyn Porter, 509th Security Forces Squadron evaluator

F. E. Warren Air Force Base
Airman 1st Class Christopher Jackson, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader

Teams will be competing at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, for the Sadler Cup, named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler.

With the return of the competition and its various events, the goal is to promote lethality and capability with Security Forces Airmen.

“Whether it’ll be physical, some type of tactics, weapons manipulation or shooting,” said Arevalo. “I’m hoping the other teams come with the best they’ve got, because that’s what we’re bringing. We’re going to give it all we can and see where we stand.”
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.