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Alaska Reserve unit stands up Security Forces Squadron

Airman 1st Class Raider Zavodsky a Traditional Reservist with the 477th Security Forces Squadron, trains on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 here. The EST 2000 offers a realistic alternative for training in marksmanship, collective and shoot/do not shoot scenarios on both the M-9 and the M-4. The 477th SFS stood up under the 477th FG here March 1.(U.S. Air Force Reserve Photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Airman 1st Class Raider Zavodsky a Traditional Reservist with the 477th Security Forces Squadron, trains on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 here. The EST 2000 offers a realistic alternative for training in marksmanship, collective and shoot/do not shoot scenarios on both the M-9 and the M-4. The 477th SFS stood up under the 477th FG here March 1.(U.S. Air Force Reserve Photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Senior Airman Senovia Gallegos a Traditional Reservist with the 477th Security Forces Squadron, trains on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 here. The EST 2000 offers a realistic alternative for training in marksmanship, collective and shoot/do not shoot scenarios on both the M-9 and the M-4. The 477th SFS stood up under the 477th FG here March 1. (U.S. Air Force Reserve Photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

Senior Airman Senovia Gallegos a Traditional Reservist with the 477th Security Forces Squadron, trains on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 here. The EST 2000 offers a realistic alternative for training in marksmanship, collective and shoot/do not shoot scenarios on both the M-9 and the M-4. The 477th SFS stood up under the 477th FG here March 1. (U.S. Air Force Reserve Photo/Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The 477th Security Forces Flight reached a new milestone when it transitioned to a squadron under the 477th Fighter Group here March 1.

Once the squadron reaches fully operational capability in 2015 the squadron will deploy as a unit. Until then they will be supporting their active duty counterparts on JBER.

"We are currently working on implementing a plan for the 477th Security Forces to augment the 673rd Security Forces," said Master Sgt. Hiram Gunter, 477th SFS. "It is important for the Total Force Integration relationship that the Reserve unit is able to send highly qualified security forces members to step in and share the burden of securing this installation. "

During this phase when the squadron is transitioning from initial operating capability to full operational their main objectives are recruiting, training and preparing.

"At the end of last year we ran our Airmen through a simulated use of force scenarios in the Engagement Skill trainer, conducting field operations such as land navigation. All of these training opportunities will hone our skills and keep them sharp when we are called upon for real world missions," said Gunter.

Currently the squadron has 19 of its 54 positions manned and all are Traditional Reservists, meaning their military obligation would be one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

"The establishment of any military unit is an important event, but perhaps more so for a Reserve unit as we provide opportunities for Alaskans to serve our Nation and remain in Alaska," said Col. Tyler Otten, 477th Fighter Group commander. "Anyone who is separating from Active Duty, graduating high school or simply looking for a way to serve part-time as a Security Forces Specialist, we now have a security forces squadron added to our organization allowing you to serve where you live."