Airmen prepare for spectacular, daring, dangerous: the drive

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  • By Airman 1st Class Benjamin Kim
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
Part 1 of 3 about a driving course taught and facilitated by members of Team Hurlburt

The wide-open and desolate asphalt range vibrantly exhibited sage marked by dust, cracks and a myriad of tire marks, proclaiming loudly that the thousands of hours of arduous training taught and guided through countless years of combined experience will prepare Airmen to do one essential thing: drive.

Quickly, as training starts, brightly colored cones line the range as screeching tires indiscriminately fill the auditory air space while misfit cars zoom and urgently navigate through the course. The first part of the drive training module of the Combat Aviation Advisor Military Qualification Skills Course for driving started fervently after a safety briefing and thorough instruction.

The students are part of the 6th Special Operations Squadron tasked with a unique mission to assist and help partner nations by providing aircraft expertise from various Air Force specialists.

"Typically, in the past, members of the 6th SOS train to go downrange to perform, with partner nation air forces, armies, navies, in the aircraft they flew to further their maintenance, supply and logistics," said Master Sgt. Ace Jones, instructor and course facilitator from 371st Special Operations Combat Training Squadron. "[We] give them better tactics, techniques and procedures to prolong their airframes with the limited budgets they have."

The first of the three-part driving module focused on simply maneuvering around cones to execute tight turns and fine-tune handling skills.

"This course is defensive driving and does numerous things to prepare them for situations down range they may encounter," Jones said. "You need to prepare students to show them what it would be like and how a car handles and performs when stressed."

The introduction, meant to test how quickly a student can familiarize themselves with a random car, just scratched the surface of the overall driving lesson. The students eventually tested their tactical driving mettle in their next lesson: the chase.

Next Week: Part 2--Airmen learn to chase