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841st MSFS Defenders sharpen skills at Fort Harrison

A defender from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron plays the role of an enemy combatant and fires simulated rounds with his M4 carbine during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. Simulated enemy combatants hid behind rocks, within tall grass and inside of buildings to test defenders’ lethality and teamwork in high-pressure situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

A defender from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron plays the role of an enemy combatant and fires simulated rounds with his M4 carbine during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. Simulated enemy combatants hid behind rocks, within tall grass and inside of buildings to test defenders’ lethality and teamwork in high-pressure situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron prepare to breach a building during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Defenders use verbal and nonverbal commands to execute group movements while staying alert with weapons drawn to defend themselves against enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron prepare to breach a building during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Defenders use verbal and nonverbal commands to execute group movements while staying alert with weapons drawn to defend themselves against enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron gather for a briefing before beginning a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. The village is designed to simulate a real-world environment that defenders may find themselves in when confronted by enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron gather for a briefing before beginning a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. The village is designed to simulate a real-world environment that defenders may find themselves in when confronted by enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron prepare to breach a door Aug. 17, 2021, during a training exercise at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. The breach teams consisted of four defenders, who move through the building in specific formations to maximize vision and lethality. The training exercise is designed to teach defenders the proper technique of moving as a breaching unit, while simultaneously increasing confidence in stressful situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron prepare to breach a door Aug. 17, 2021, during a training exercise at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. The breach teams consisted of four defenders, who move through the building in specific formations to maximize vision and lethality. The training exercise is designed to teach defenders the proper technique of moving as a breaching unit, while simultaneously increasing confidence in stressful situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron navigate a dark staircase during a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Simulated hostages and enemy combatants were inside the building, which required defenders to use critical weapon skills and decision-making while performing proper unit formations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron navigate a dark staircase during a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Simulated hostages and enemy combatants were inside the building, which required defenders to use critical weapon skills and decision-making while performing proper unit formations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at Fort Harrison, Mont. During the breach of the building, defenders fired training ammunition at simulated enemies to enhance the realism of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at Fort Harrison, Mont. During the breach of the building, defenders fired training ammunition at simulated enemies to enhance the realism of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron patrol a village road in formation during a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. The defenders’ M4 carbines are armed with blue clips, which contain training ammunition to be used against simulated enemy combatants throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron patrol a village road in formation during a breaching exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. The defenders’ M4 carbines are armed with blue clips, which contain training ammunition to be used against simulated enemy combatants throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the base firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Defenders fired training ammunition during the exercise to increase weapon confidence during challenging and stressful situations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the base firing range village on Fort Harrison, Mont. Defenders fired training ammunition during the exercise to increase weapon confidence during challenging and stressful situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron navigate through a mock village during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. The exercise concluded with the simulated enemy combatants’ surrender, resulting from the unity and precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron navigate through a mock village during a training exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at the firing range on Fort Harrison, Mont. The exercise concluded with the simulated enemy combatants’ surrender, resulting from the unity and precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at Fort Harrison, Mont. The defenders practiced staying in formation, verbalizing commands and reclaiming the building from potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)
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Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron practice breaching techniques during an exercise Aug. 17, 2021, at Fort Harrison, Mont. The defenders practiced staying in formation, verbalizing commands and reclaiming the building from potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Montana –  Defenders from the 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron spent the day at the Fort Harrison firing range village, completing multiple training exercises including breaching and weapon skills, culminating in the clearing of a mock village using training ammunition against simulated enemies. Staying vigilant in challenging and stressful situations is what makes Malmstrom’s defenders a key component of our nuclear deterrence mission.