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Defensor Fortis: XL Defenders hold the line

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Heckler, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, prepares for a long day in the field at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Heckler, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, prepares for a long day in the field at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Codey Doehrmann, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, catches a fresh magazine during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. As the exercise drew near its end, so did many of the ammo pouches Laughlin’s Defenders depended on, but Doehrmann could count on his wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Codey Doehrmann, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, catches a fresh magazine during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. As the exercise drew near its end, so did many of the ammo pouches Laughlin’s Defenders depended on, but Doehrmann could count on his wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Johannes Thiel, 47th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, lays down suppressive fire as his team advances on opposing forces during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. Thiel, a former U.S. Marine, brings his combat experience to Laughlin and got a chance to challenge his tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as he and his team were put head to head with a simulated opposing force, consisting of many coworkers he works with daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Johannes Thiel, 47th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, lays down suppressive fire as his team advances on opposing forces during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. Thiel, a former U.S. Marine, brings his combat experience to Laughlin and got a chance to challenge his tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as he and his team were put head to head with a simulated opposing force, consisting of many coworkers he works with daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Military working dog handlers with the 47th Security Forces Squadron, regroup after an engagement with simulated opposing forces during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Military working dog handlers with the 47th Security Forces Squadron, regroup after an engagement with simulated opposing forces during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Colin Aranza and Senior Airman Samantha Hall, 47th Security Forces Squadron partolmen, keep a watchful eye on their surroundings during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Airman 1st Class Colin Aranza and Senior Airman Samantha Hall, 47th Security Forces Squadron partolmen, keep a watchful eye on their surroundings during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. The 47th SFS changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness as they were put head to head with a simulated opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Codey Doehrmann, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Senior Airman James Little, 47th SFS patrolman, discuss a possible route to move on during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. During the defender’s exercise, Doehrmann and the K-9 team lead the pack as they tracked down the simulated opposing force in the farthest reaches of Laughlin’s perimeter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Codey Doehrmann, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Senior Airman James Little, 47th SFS patrolman, discuss a possible route to move on during an exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. During the defender’s exercise, Doehrmann and the K-9 team lead the pack as they tracked down the simulated opposing force in the farthest reaches of Laughlin’s perimeter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Solis, 47th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, participates in a lethality and readiness exercise on April 17, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is focused on building combat-ready Airmen, and Laughlin’s defenders aim to meet that goal through hard work, practice and building experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready)

Senior Airman Joseph Alarcon, 47th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, lies in the prone position, avoiding the blank “enemy fire” on April 17, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. During this lethality and readiness exercise, the 47th SFS used blanks for as realistic combat training as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready)

Airman 1st Class Victoria Friend, 47th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, observes the field in which the 47th SFS lethality and readiness training is to take place on April 17, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is focused on building combat-ready Airmen, and Laughlin’s defenders aim to meet that goal through hard work, practice and building experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready)

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Tech. Sgt. Rogelio Diaz III, 47th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, lies in the prone position avoiding simulated enemy fire on April 17, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. During this lethality and readiness exercise, the 47th SFS used blanks for as realistic combat training as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready)

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