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IDLC crafts combat-ready Defenders

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Senior Airman Richard York and Tech. Sgt. Ryan Noonkester, both members of the 720th Security Forces Squadron based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Integrated Defense Leadership Course students, portray opposing force members on patrol of their encampment at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The pair were participating in an area security operations exercise and were awaiting recon and assault by a team of other IDLC students. The IDLC, which took place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Senior Airman Richard York, a member of the 720th Security Forces Squadron, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, retreats through smoke from an assaulting force during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. York participated in the Integrated Defense Leadership Course as an opposing force student. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Staff Sgt. Adam Herr, a Defender with the 315th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, binds Senior Airman Richard York, a member of the 720th Security Forces Squadron, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. Herr was a student at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which took place at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and CJAG, and was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. York was an opposing force student. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Staff Sgt. Kendrea Brown and Senior Airman Joshua Fitzpatrick, Defenders with the 315th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, escort Senior Airman Richard York, a member of the 720th Security Forces Squadron, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The three Defenders were students of the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which took place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Tech. Sgt. Ben Telschow, NCO in charge of training with the 710th Security Forces Squadron and Integrated Defense Leadership Course cadre member, teaches Air Force Reserve security forces Airmen, known as Defenders, about small and large-opening danger area crossings during a battle drills workshop, July 21, 2021, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. The Airmen participated in the two-week IDLC at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, and YARS. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Tech. Sgt. Ben Telschow, NCO in charge of training with the 710th Security Forces Squadron and Integrated Defense Leadership Course cadre member, uses colored cubes to illustrate squad movements for a group of Air Force Reserve security forces Airmen, known as Defenders, during a battle drills workshop July 21, 2021, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. The Airmen participated in the two-week IDLC at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, and YARS. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Senior Airman Nathan Seeman, a Defender with the 482nd Security Forces Squadron based at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, and Staff Sgt. Bradley Fisher, a Defender with the 910th Security Forces Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, load dye-marker rounds into their M4 carbine magazines, July 22, 2021, before a live-fire training scenario at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio. The Airmen participated in the two-week Integrated Defense Leadership Course at CJAG and YARS. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Staff Sgt. Sydney Whiteis, a Defender with the 934th Security Forces Squadron, based at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, briefs a group of students prior to their run through a live-fire training scenario, July 22, 2021, at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio. The scenario incorporated dye-marker rounds and engagements with opposing force members as part of the two-week IDLC at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. Whiteis is a cadre member for the IDLC, which was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.

Air Force Reserve Command security forces Defenders move through a live-fire training scenario, July 22, 2021, at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio. The scenario incorporated dye-marker rounds and engagements with opposing force members as part of the two-week IDLC at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Master Sgt. Chris Boley, a Defender with the 445th Security Forces Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and an opposing force student at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, returns blank fire to an assaulting force during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The Integrated Defense Leadership Course was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Senior Airman Larissa Taylor and Senior Airman Desirea Davis, Defenders with the 315th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, run into a contested area during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The pair were students at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which took place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Senior Airman Christopher Russo, a Defender with the 315th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, and Integrated Defense Leadership Course student, holds a defensive line with his M249 light machine gun during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. IDLC took place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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An Air Force Reserve Command security forces Defender moves through “nightmare mode” during a live-fire training scenario, July 22, 2021, at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio. The scenario incorporated dye-marker rounds and engagements with opposing force members as part of the two-week IDLC at and CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. Cadre members increased the challenge level of the course throughout the day, eventually adding maximum stressors. The IDLC was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Master Sgt. Zachary Coggin, a Defender with the 442nd Security Forces Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and a student at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, discussed details of a sector sketch with his squad mates during a static defense exercise at Camp James A. Garfield, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which takes place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Senior Airman Cameron Reynolds, a Defender with the 910th Security Forces Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, scans the forest through binoculars, looking for opposing forces during a static defense exercise at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, July 22, 2021, at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Camp. The Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which takes place at YARS and CJAG, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Staff Sgt. Alyssa Raines, a Defender with the 442nd Security Forces Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and student at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, scans her surroundings for opposing forces during a static defense exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The IDLC, which takes place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Staff Sgt. Jennifer Salazar, a Defender with the 910th Security Forces Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and student at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, exchanges blank fire with opposing forces during a static defense exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The IDLC, which takes place at CJAG and YARS was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

The Integrated Defense Leadership Course provides Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.
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Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Hatton (foreground) and Tech. Sgt. Timothy White, both Defenders with the 442nd Security Forces Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and students at the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, exchange blank fire with opposing forces during a static defense exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, July 22, 2021. The IDLC, which takes place at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

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The Integrated Defense Leadership Course, which takes place at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, was designed to provide Reserve Defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness.