Instructing students is a very different side to security forces. Instructors for the 435th Security Forces Squadron create an environment that makes learning and sharing knowledge accessible.

The 435th SFS deals primarily with contingency response and deployment operations.

“Learning the combat side of our career field is different,” said Staff Sgt Randy Uyehara, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training instructor. “But it’s great knowledge. I’m just excited to be a part of the team to teach others.”

Currently, 16 instructors at the 435th Security Forces squadron teach multiple courses to defenders for the United States Air Forces in Europe.
“I’ve always had a passion for teaching,” Uyehara said. “I wanted to give back to the younger folks. All the knowledge I have from the past and as a noncommissioned officer, I want to give them.”

The instructors teach four main courses: Air Force Combatives, Agile Combat Defender Course, Nuclear Security Tactical Leaders Course and Tactical Automated Security Systems.

This year, the squadron is projected to host several courses, including eight ACDC courses, quarterly NSTLC courses, Tactical Automated Security Systems and Air Force Combatives programs courses.

When students take these courses, they can expect to receive an understanding of basic base operations which are expanded upon when they arrive at their assignment.

“We are motivated,” said Staff Sgt. Nikolas Huffman, 435th Security Forces Squadron ground combat readiness training instructor. “We need them to be just as motivated. If they understand the knowledge, the course is much more fun, and we can give them more advanced training.”