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201st RED HORSE conduct field training exercise.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Leon Washington, a communications administrator with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard performs three-to-five second rushes during a field training exercise, Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The 201st RHS completed a four-day field training exercise which focused on enhancing both tactical and technical skills while in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

201st RED HORSE conduct field training exercise.

U.S. Airmen from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, perform a high-crawl drill during a field training exercise, Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Airmen from the 201st RHS completed individual and team movement training on the first day of a four-day long FTX. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, discuss the layout plans of a building during the field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Ensuring Airmen were clear about how the building was laid out was crucial before beginning the welding process. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, discuss the layout plans of a building during the field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Ensuring Airmen were clear about how the building was laid out was crucial before beginning the welding process. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Javier Acosta-Gomez, an electrical systems technician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 6, 2018. Acosta-Gomez was participating in the individual and team movements segment, which included movements such as high crawl, low crawl and ‘slicing the pie.’ (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Javier Acosta-Gomez, an electrical systems technician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 6, 2018. Acosta-Gomez was participating in the individual and team movements segment, which included movements such as high crawl, low crawl and ‘slicing the pie.’ (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, spread asphalt in preparation for paving a small section on base Sept. 7, 2018. The second day of the field training exercise was focused on specific career field training for eight different Air Force Specialty Codes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, spread asphalt in preparation for paving a small section on base Sept. 7, 2018. The second day of the field training exercise was focused on specific career field training for eight different Air Force Specialty Codes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Senior Airman Helene Jones, a heavy equipment operator with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Jones was in charge of evenly distributing 1 1/2 feet of stone that was being laid as the foundation for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Senior Airman Helene Jones, a heavy equipment operator with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Jones was in charge of evenly distributing 1 1/2 feet of stone that was being laid as the foundation for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, anchor an aircraft recovery system to the ground to ensure the safe landing of an aircraft during a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. The second day of the field training exercise was focused on specific career field training for eight different Air Force Specialty Codes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, anchor an aircraft recovery system to the ground to ensure the safe landing of an aircraft during a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. The second day of the field training exercise was focused on specific career field training for eight different Air Force Specialty Codes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participate in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. These Airmen were in charge of leveling out the 1 1/2 feet of stone being laid as the foundation for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Airmen with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participate in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. These Airmen were in charge of leveling out the 1 1/2 feet of stone being laid as the foundation for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jake Everett, a heavy equipment operator with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Everett was in charge of moving stone that would eventually be used for and laid as a pad for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jake Everett, a heavy equipment operator with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, participates in a field training exercise Sept. 7, 2018. Everett was in charge of moving stone that would eventually be used for and laid as a pad for a K-span building. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Sorber/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chase Brown, an electrician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, climbs a utility pole during a field training exercise, Sept. 7, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Electricians from the 201st RHS completed individual, job-specific training during the FTX, which included pole-top climbing, pole setting and pole-top rescue. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chase Brown, an electrician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, prepares his climbing gear during a field training exercise, Sept. 7, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Electricians from the 201st RHS completed individual, job-specific training during the FTX, which included pole-top climbing, pole setting and pole-top rescue. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Capps, an electrician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, climbs a utility pole during a field training exercise, Sept. 7, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Electricians from the 201st RHS completed individual, job-specific training during the FTX, which included pole-top climbing, pole setting and pole-top rescue. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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An Airman from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, prepares his climbing gear during a field training exercise, Sept. 7, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Airmen from the 201st RHS completed individual, job-specific training on the second day of a four-day long FTX. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dominick Yordy, an electrician with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard climbs a utility pole during a field training exercise, Sept. 7, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The 201st RHS completed a four-day field training exercise which focused on enhancing both tactical and technical skills while in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nathaniel Curtis, right, a force support officer with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, explains to Airmen the importance of bounding forward tactically with the use of three-to-five second rushes Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The 201st RHS completed a four-day field training exercise which focused on enhancing both tactical and technical skills while in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nathaniel Curtis, left, a force support officer with the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, provides instruction to Airmen during training Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. During a four-day field training exercise for the 201st RHS, Curtis served as an instructor for individual and team movements training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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An Airman from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, maneuvers under a barrier during a field training exercise, Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Airmen from the 201st RHS completed individual and team movement training on the first day of a four-day long FTX. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

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An Airman from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, maneuvers under a barrier during a field training exercise, Sept. 6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Airmen from the 201st RHS completed individual and team movement training on the first day of a four-day long FTX. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. --

Airmen from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, participated in a field training exercise Sept. 6 to 9. at Fort Indiantown Gap.

“RED HORSE field training exercises are to support our [Air Force Instruction] 10-209, which is a RED HORSE specific program that shows us all of the different training requirements that we need to accomplish,” said 2nd Lt. Nathaniel Curtis, force support officer, 201st RHS.

The first day of training covered individual and team movements, camp security, work party security, camouflage, cover and concealment techniques, defensive fighting positions, and use of force.

The second day of training consisted of specific Air Force Specialty Code training for services, electrical, water and fuel systems maintenance, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, structures, entomology, airfields, engineering, and command support staff.

The third day of the exercise consisted of post-attack reconnaissance sweeps, land navigation and night operations. The fourth and final day of training consisted of an ATSO exercise, which tested their ability to survive and operate.

These exercises happen about once a year, said Curtis. We have to fit a lot of training into a small amount of time, so everything is constantly moving and everyone is constantly learning.

Curtis also noted that the RED HORSE Airmen enjoy these trainings and look forward to them every year.

“The Airmen love these trainings and love what we do,” said Curtis. “Whenever we do AFSC trainings they get happy, [motivated] and excited to come out here, sleep in tents, [train] and to enjoy the camaraderie that the RED HORSE always has.”

While the Airmen do enjoy these exercises, they also believe trainings like these are necessary in order for them to play a successful role in the mission.

Field training exercises are beneficial because they provide us with the training necessary to perfect our jobs so that we are always deployment ready, said Staff Sgt. Leon Washington, communications administrator, 201st RHS.

In addition to these types of trainings, the 201st RED HORSE Squadron Airmen also provide a lot of humanitarian aid, which doubles as training, Curtis explained.

“We recently provided humanitarian aid in Guatemala and Guam with Habitat for Humanity. This training not only supports our mission to fly, fight and win but it supports our mission to help those in need in our local area and [overseas],” said Curtis.

Curtis added that RED HORSE supports many different types of domestic operations as well, some local and some in other states, which aid the community and also check-off some of their training requirements.