Smokescreens, sandbags, frozen creeks and empty mags

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  • By Eric M. White
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

When the crew door of a C-5 Galaxy opened on the ramp at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2022, it was the first time some of the 40 Defenders debarking the aircraft had ever seen snow. The forecast for the next two weeks called for some of the coldest temperatures they’d ever experienced. But that didn’t stop the members of the 926th Security Forces Squadron, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. They came to YARS for the Integrated Defense Leadership Course, an innovative approach to training Reserve Defenders which just entered its first full year of operations.

IDLC kicked off in 2021. Air Force Reserve Security Forces squadrons send unit members to YARS for approximately two weeks as either IDLC students or opposing force members under the experienced leadership of cadre members from multiple units. Students are taken through an intense, hands-on training experience targeting training deficits and enhancing real-world combat capabilities. Their time is split between YARS and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio.