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720th Security Forces defender instructs new Integrated Defense Leadership Course

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Technical Sergeant John Colby, Squad Leader, 720th Security Forces Squadron, instructs Air Force Reservists at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. He was selected to be an instructor after successfully graduating from the Integrated Defense Learning Course. (Courtesy photo)

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

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.
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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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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.
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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)

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The Air Force Reserve Command’s beta Integrated Defense Learning Course class poses for a photo, May 23, 2021, at Camp James A. Garfield, Ohio, upon completion of the course’s capstone training scenario. The IDLC was held May 10–24, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and CJAG. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Noah J. Tancer)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB, Ariz. --

720th Security Forces Squad Leader Technical Sgt. John Colby was selected to be part of Air Force Reserve Command’s new Integrated Defense Leadership Course. The concept is to teach critical Security Forces training and the new mindset of future battles under an Agile Combat Environment.

After successfully graduating the initial beta class, Tech. Sgt. Colby was asked to join the cadre and become a course instructor for the remainder of the fiscal year.

In many regards, Colby is representative of many individuals who make up the Air Force Reserve. His service started in another branch of the U.S. military when he began his career serving in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry. Much of the training executed at IDLC is similar to what he learned at the School of Infantry during his time in the Marines.

In addition to Security Forces training, the medical training at IDLC focuses on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. This new T-CCC training will eventually be pushed out to the entire Air Force. Colby’s civilian job as a firefighter and paramedic have prepared him for this role.

“Medical training is something that’s in my wheelhouse, so I’m able to help with the instruction on these skill sets. I’ve been teaching tactical medicine for over 10 years,” said Tech. Sgt. Colby.

The entire course is about learning expeditionary skills common to Security Forces training. The idea is to engage in more hours and training than is otherwise impossible during a Unit Training Assembly. The intention is to change the mindset of Security Forces Defenders and look at things a little differently.

“As defenders we are trained for expeditionary skills but a lot of the sustainment training we do at our home base focuses on the law enforcement aspect of being a Defender,” said Colby. “And this course is changing that up and looking at the model moving forward, with future combat and future engagements.”

The course is designed for reservists by reservists. All of the cadre are Air Force reserve members and the graduates are able to improve their skills and take that experience back home. All participants will leave with a report card showing what training had been accomplished and how well they performed which enables their home units to continue to build on these skillsets during normal UTA weekends.

“Traditionally these types of courses has been designed for active duty personnel,” said Colby. “When reservists would come through the previous training course it wouldn’t always be tailored in a manner that benefited everybody the way IDLC is able to hone in on the specific needs of the Reserve.”

During the course, students were provided practical application of 52 training items from their Air Force Specialty Code Career Field Education and Training Plans. Earning over 190-hours of field instruction. Not every reserve location have the resources or subject matter experts to meet all of these training requirements making a centralized training course crucial to maintaining warfighter readiness.

The 720th Security Forces Squadron is part of the 943rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, a geographically-separated unit of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida.