Basic skills training is a rodeo

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  • By Staff Sgt. Kayla Kohn
  • 190th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
During the January drill the 190th Air Refueling Wing conducted Expeditionary Skills Training, also known as the Expeditionary Skills Rodeo. Approximately every 24 to 36 months Airmen go through a rodeo in an attempt to stay up to date on predeployment

"The actual rodeo satisfies up to 11 subcourses of training, so once you do the rodeo
you really are completing about 11 different line items' worth of training courses," said Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Snyder, Force Development Superintendent.

The rodeo currently consists mainly of Self-Aid and Buddy Care and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Enhanced Conventional Weapons training, the Law of Armed Conflict and others. It is usually completed in four hours.

About 180 Airmen participated in the January rodeo. Snyder said the training is budgeted for about 240 Airmen and the goal is to run the training twice a year. The Emergency Management shop, Medical Group and outside Self-Aid and Buddy Care instructors become heavily tasked during a rodeo so they try to not run them very often he said.

Snyder added, "Future modifications may be forthcoming before the next rodeo."