A Total Force Grows at Moody

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  • By Staff Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs
Working together in the military is necessary and working as a total force is even more important. The 820th Base Defense Group at Moody and the 105th Security Forces Squadron, from Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y. formed a unique partnership to work towards just that. To help this total force partnership succeed, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Anthony Kavouras was appointed as the liaison for the 105th SFS and 820th BDG.

Kavouras acts as the liaison between the two groups, assigned to the 105th SFS but working at Moody for the 820th BDG for the next couple of years helping further their relation.

"My job here is to make sure the guys from the 105th SFS have a smooth transition and ensure that they receive the training they need prior to deployment with the 820th BDG," said Kavouras. "As the sister unit to the 820th BDG, we want to make sure we mirror everything they are doing."

The 105th SFS will send members to the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody prior to a deployment to train with the 820th BDG and to make that transition smooth. Kavouras acts as the direct link between the units.

"I am that go between guy between the 105th SFS and the 820th BDG my job is to work out the logistics, said Kavouras. " I want to make sure that when the 105th SFS arrives at Moody they become integrated and do not have any problems."

The partnership between the 105th and the 820th is unique and doesn't exist anywhere else making the liaison position one of a kind.

"Kavouras provides a voice for the guard side, said Chief Master Sergeant David Pritchard, 105th SFS, chief enlisted manager. "We need someone to be the eyes and the ears for us; and Kavouras provides a direct link of communication.

"We have a great relationship with the 820th BDG," he added. "This partnership is unique, it's the wave of the future and to be part of something like this is cool."

This total force initiative ensures the seamless efforts between the Guard and Active Duty Airmen as they train in home station and most important, when they deploy to contingency operations around the world.