FORT CARSON, Colorado – Space Soldiers recently provided airmen from Schriever and Buckley air force bases a taste of what an Army space brigade does.
The Soldiers from 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, trained airmen from multiple squadrons how to throw a hand grenade and taught them the basics of land navigation, Aug. 27-28 at Fort Carson.
“The reason we invited our Air Force sisters and brothers here today is to give them a better picture of what Army space operations are and the type of training that is required to be part of an Army land formation,” said Maj. Ryan Stephenson, operations officer, 1st Space Battalion. “(We wanted) to have the opportunity to build shared understanding of the requirements for operating in a combat environment.”
In addition to throwing grenades, the airmen were instructed on land terrain features – a crucial component of land navigation in the Army – and briefed on 1st Space Brigade’s mission.
Lt. Col. Mark Cobos, commander, 1st Space Battalion, said working with the Air Force in combat operations was important.
“To be successful in the future, all of us need to have the mindset of joint combined arms operations,” Cobos said. “We need to be able to take in consideration all of the military warfighting capabilities across all domains. First and foremost, we need to know how to conduct combined arms operations and know how to engage in a fight.”
Air Force 2nd Lt. Quin’Shay Perkins, a remote piloted aircraft pilot stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, who is on temporary duty at Schriever Air Force Base said she had never handled or thrown a live grenade, causing her to feel nervous.
“It was scary, but I had a great time training with the Army today,” Perkins said. “I definitely learned a lot seeing how they run their mission, and seeing how all Soldiers, no matter what their career field, have to know basic infantry tactics. We all come from diverse military backgrounds but knowing what the Army can bring to the fight is beneficial.”
With the new U.S. Space Force taking shape day by day airmen are swearing into the nation’s newest branch of service, said Air Force Lt. Col. Brandon Davenport, commander, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base.
“My young airmen and soon-to-be space professionals – a term yet-to-be determined – need to understand what it’s like to be in the trenches and to be able to speak Army a little bit,” Davenport said. “As the Space Force stands up, we’re actually taking some of the tenants from the joint force and from the Army.”