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137 SOW exercises Mission Sustainment Teams, develops multi-capable Airmen for tomorrow’s fight

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Hines, 137th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels journeyman, Oklahoma Air National Guard marshals in an MC-12W at Max Westheimer Airport, Norman, Oklahoma, during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training Nov. 7, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Riley Cinnamon, 137th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron specialist, Oklahoma Air National Guard checks for water, color or sediment in a quart visual sample during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Nov. 7, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kirby Beaty, a security forces flight sergeant with the 137th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard defends a fuel truck from simulated opposition forces during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Nov. 7, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Weaver, installation readiness personnel noncommissioned in charge with the 137th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard turns on a 5,500-watt portable generator during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Nov. 5, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux)

Airmen clear weapons during a training demonstration

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Poire, installation antiterrorism officer with the 137th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard instructs students to clear their weapons during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Nov. 5, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Drake, a ground transportation supervisor with the 137th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard provides instruction on the safe use of a 10K All Terrain Materials Handling Forklift during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Nov. 5, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux)

prone man with rifle in front of fuel truck

U.S. Air Force Airman Macy Pierce, materiel management specialist with the 137th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard refuels an MC-12W aircraft during Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, Oklahoma, Nov. 7, 2021. The MST concept brings individuals with a variety of skill sets together to create a sustained livable environment to independently support short-term operations in austere locations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. --

The 137th Special Operations Wing (SOW) began Mission Sustainment Team (MST) training, which will create multi-capable Airmen ready to sustain livable conditions in deployed environments Nov. 5-7, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

Fifty-five Airmen from five squadrons within the 137th Special Operations Mission Support Group learned a variety of new skillsets including forklift driving, radio communications and aircraft refueling. The purpose of this cross training is ensuring long-term mission sustainment, making Airmen more capable to operate in diverse deployed environments. 

“MST is based off the concept that we have to become more flexible and agile in how we respond to our adversaries,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alquintin Steele, the senior enlisted leader of the 137th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron. “We’re no longer in an environment where it’s about how we can win the war, but it’s how we can sustain conditions long-term and be able to move into different environments quickly.”

MST training emphasizes proper pacing and good communication. For one MST exercise, Airmen refueled an MC-12W aircraft in a simulated hostile environment. The 137th SOW is one of two Air National Guard wings leading the charge in adapting how Airmen are trained in response to ever-changing threats. 

“I think it’s very important for us to become multi-capable Airmen instead of having Airmen only proficient in one specialty,” said Steele. “MST involves combining the skillsets of Airmen from multiple Air Force specialties into a quick-response force to help out wherever we’re needed.”