Bloody Hundredth, 48th LRS team up for RHINO training
By Senior Airman Luke Milano, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 15, 2019
RAF LAKENHEATH, England --
Airmen from the 100th and 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron worked together to complete Readiness Honed In Operations home station training day at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 13, 2019.
The training was the first dual-wing RHINO training day for ground transportation Airmen that encompassed expeditionary, contingency and specialty skills training such as basic expeditionary airfield resources base setup, along with integrated defense and vehicle recovery.
“My expectations for the course are to give our Airmen a more effective hands-on training experience than they have received in the past,” said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Greco, 48th LRS NCO in-charge of training, validation and operations. “Instead of just talking about the training and simulating it, we are able to combine classroom teaching with hands-on practice. These are skills the Airmen would use in a deployed environment and skills they use at home station.”
Airmen received in-class training in conjunction with hands-on training such as self-aid buddy care, advanced vehicle recovery using a tow truck and land navigation maps.
“I believe this training is important because it is a preparation for when we encounter circumstances beyond our control, so we are preparing ourselves for the unexpected,” Airman 1st Class Tammy Akira White, 100th LRS ground transportation operator.
Events such as the RHINO training day provide 100th and 48th LRS Airmen with opportunities to become experts in combat and logistics support and expeditionary forces through trust, training and teamwork.
“With evolving deployments, we’ve never had Airmen receive in-depth hands-on training like this prior to going out,” Greco said. “By doing this training, we are better preparing the career field, not just RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall, for more short notice deployments so Airmen feel more comfortable that they have learned these skills.”