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820th BDG: Cycles of Defense

The 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) march on the flightline during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

The 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) march on the flightline during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airman 1st Class Brandy Stein, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, places a bag onto a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airman 1st Class Brandy Stein, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, places a bag onto a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman Zachary Darling, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, runs a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman Zachary Darling, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, runs a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman Lucas Reichenberger, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, places a bag onto a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman Lucas Reichenberger, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, places a bag onto a conveyor belt, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Urbaniak, 824th Base Defense Squadron (BDS) Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, and MWD ‘Buster’ claim their seats, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Urbaniak, 824th Base Defense Squadron (BDS) Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, and MWD ‘Buster’ claim their seats, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron load a Boeing 767-300ER, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron load a Boeing 767-300ER, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group carry boxes onto a Boeing 767-300ER, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group carry boxes onto a Boeing 767-300ER, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group carry boxes onto a Boeing 767-300ER, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group carry boxes onto a Boeing 767-300ER, 0ct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 824th Base Defense Squadron board an aircraft, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 824th Base Defense Squadron board an aircraft, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Chief Master Sgt. Larry Mays, 824th Base Defense Squadron (BDS) security forces manager, hugs Tech. Sgt. Justin Amburgey, 824th BDS squad leader, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Chief Master Sgt. Larry Mays, 824th Base Defense Squadron (BDS) security forces manager, hugs Tech. Sgt. Justin Amburgey, 824th BDS squad leader, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Senior Airman Alex Carver, 824th Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, boards an aircraft, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Senior Airman Alex Carver, 824th Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, boards an aircraft, Oct. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons (BDS) provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) march to their loved ones during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) march to their loved ones during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) greet a puppy during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) greet a puppy during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Tech. Sgt. Cliff Coppenbarger, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) squad leader, holds his daughter during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Tech. Sgt. Cliff Coppenbarger, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) squad leader, holds his daughter during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Family and friends of Airmen assigned to the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) socialize during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Family and friends of Airmen assigned to the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) socialize during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Jenaliz Boise, wife of Senior Airman Brandon Boise, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, holds their son during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Jenaliz Boise, wife of Senior Airman Brandon Boise, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, holds their son during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

An Airman from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), embraces a loved one during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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An Airman from the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), embraces a loved one during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Master Sgt. Robert Renfrow, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), poses for a photo with his family during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Master Sgt. Robert Renfrow, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), poses for a photo with his family during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Capt. Justin Wilson 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), embraces a loved one during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Capt. Justin Wilson 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS), embraces a loved one during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman Brandon Boise, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, holds his son during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Senior Airman Brandon Boise, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, holds his son during a redeployment, Oct. 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Col. Benito Barron, 820th Base Defense Group commander, addresses the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) flight on their accomplishments during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Col. Benito Barron, 820th Base Defense Group commander, addresses the 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) flight on their accomplishments during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

Airman 1st Class Christian Jennings, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, hugs a loved one during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)
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Airman 1st Class Christian Jennings, 823d Base Defense Squadron (BDS) fireteam member, hugs a loved one during a redeployment ceremony, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 822d, 823d and 824th BDS’s provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home from conducting relief-in-place in the United States Africa Command theater while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Taryn Butler)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Deployment tasking, training and Hurricane Michael disaster relief:  squadrons housed within the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) are currently accomplishing all three of these missions.

The 820th BDG’s mission is to provide high-risk force protection and integrated base defense for expeditionary air forces. To do this, they rotate each of their squadrons through six-month periods where they’re either training, on stand-by for a Global Response Force (GRF) tasking or deployed.

“The rotation is necessary to allow re-constitution and training for the next mission the BDG will be tasked with,” said Master Sgt. Nicholas Roberts, 822d Base Defense Squadron (BDS). “These Squadrons supply the Secretary of Defense a menu of options to respond to crisis around the world in defense of (Department of Defense) assets identified as critical to the mission at hand.”

The 822d, 823d and 824th Base Defense Squadrons take turns fulfilling these roles, but to do so, each squadron has to operate independently.

“We are self-sustaining for up to five days but have a host of organic capability which ranges from security forces Airmen to independent duty medical technicians, vehicle maintainers (and a lot more),” Roberts added. “These Airmen allow the mission to go (anywhere).

“Currently,” Roberts continued, “the 822d BDS is aiding the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in re-establishing integrated base defense following the devastation of Hurricane Michael.  The 823d and 824th BDS are currently conducting relief-in-place in the AFRICOM theater.”

Airmen from the 823d BDS just returned home while Airmen from the 824th BDS took their place. Now, the 823d will go into training status for the next six-months in order to regain their certification as a GRF. Being in GRF allows the squadron to provide its capabilities in response to natural disasters or anywhere they can help, anywhere in the world.

“The rotation provides Combat Commanders with a ‘first-in’, steady rotation of air minded defenders who can prosecute an enemy across the vast swath of operational battle space in defense of his or her assets,” said Roberts. “Officers and SNCO's working together to ensure they have the right compliment of defenders to meet the commander’s intent.”

None of the squadrons can accomplish the mission without healthy Airmen that can rely on one another. That is why every job within the BDS work, train and deploy together for the duration of their time at the squadron.

“It affords an overall training environment that provides the interoperability which allows us to go down range and function as a team,” said Tech. Sgt. Chris Zavala, 822d squad leader. “Training together also allows us to learn each other’s jobs and be able to pick up and contribute to their mission when they are critically manned.”

In addition to the continuity these bonds provide, they also help the Airmen personally.

“We spend majority of the day with each other,” Zavala added. “Out of the 24 hours in the day we spend between eight and 15 together and that fortifies the bonds we already have. Knowing who they are as a person and building that bond between one another creates the loyalty between us. It creates that belief that any given person can be trusted to do the right thing and accomplish the mission.”

With accomplishing the mission at the forefront, the constant rotations for deployments, training and stressors of everyday life, Airmen within these high-tempo squadrons need one another.

“In my time I’ve never seen camaraderie like what is here in the 820th,” said MSgt Jesse Hall 822d BDS bravo flight chief. “It’s not just the Airmen within the unit, but the spouses and the dependents all take care of each other too. Knowing that everyone has each other’s back and will drop anything to help each other out is the best kind of peace of mind “