354th SFS Defenders Test Prototype Cold Weather Gear

Prototype cold weather gear testing.

Security Forces

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — Two 354th Security Forces Squadron Airmen load an M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon with prototype cold weather gloves at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. Even in minus 40 degrees, Security Forces Airmen must be able to use their hands to operate their weapon systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

By Senior Airman Beaux Hebert, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published January 10, 2020

Security Forces

354th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors prepare Airmen to fire an M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. CATM instructors are responsible for training the 354th Fighter Wing how to use various small arms weapon systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Security Forces

Airman 1st Class Dawson Koett, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, dons a new type of gloves at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. The 354th SFS partnered with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Developmental Command to try out new cold weather gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Security Forces

Two 354th Security Forces Squadron Airmen load a M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon with prototype cold weather gloves at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. Even in minus 40 degrees, Security Forces Airmen must be able to use their hands to operate their weapon systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Security Forces

Airman Albert Menchaca, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, fires a M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. The 354th SFS was selected to test out various brands of cold weather gear that was part of a U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Developmental Command research project to provide adequate gear for the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

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