434 SFS, 434 CS complete annual tour in Italy

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  • By Senior Airman Elise Faurote

Despite getting off to a slow start due to flight delays, members of the 434th Security Forces Squadron and the 434th Communications Squadron flew to Aviano Air Base, Italy where they took full advantage of the training and travel during their annual tour from May 8-20, 2024.

In total, 34 members from the two squadrons completed their AT, engaging in both classroom and hands-on training. This experience allowed members of the Hoosier Wing to both broaden and hone their skill sets through training as well as develop connections with their active duty counterparts.

“Annual tours help with networking and that full connection,” said 2nd Lt. Albin Cvoric, 434th SFS operations officer. “We deploy as a team, regardless of if you’re active, reserve or guard. We’re all here to do the same mission.”

The 434th SFS conducted training in tactical combat casualty care, land navigation and vehicle traffic stops and searches. Members were also able to complete training and classes not available at Grissom, including a three-day defender leadership lab, a 16-hour combatives course, and familiarization with AT4 84mm anti-armor rocket launchers. They also participated in the National Police Week with the 31st SFS, May 12-18. This event pays homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty, honoring them with a 24-hour ruck, a K-9 attack demonstration and a Battle of the Badges competition.

“We got to see the bigger side of things,” said Cvoric. “Their Security Forces Squadron has over 500 cops, so it was good to see that fast-paced dynamic.”

Meanwhile, the 434th CS trained on preventing cyberattacks and network outages, which included meeting with 31st CS senior enlisted leaders to discuss furthering total force integration with a focus on the cyber community. Members from the Hoosier Wing also fixed computer issues at Aviano’s Pararescue Squadron and reconfigured a computer out of quarantine, allowing it to be rejoined to the domain.

Master Sgt. Rachelle Chance, 434th CS non-commissioned officer in charge of data operations, was the data operations lead for the trip and trained 10 members of the 31st CS on how to use the ServiceNow interface, which is used to raise and track trouble tickets. Chance notes that the Air Force is transitioning from Remedy to ServiceNow and says that when the 31st CS makes the transition in September, several of their members will already be trained to use it.

“As reservists, we get to showcase our skills and sometimes teach active duty a thing or two,” Chance said. “When we deploy next time, we will have proven already that reservists are just as good at their jobs.”

Members were also able to explore Italy, visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. Cvoric noted that being able to see a different country while continuing training was rewarding for Airmen.

“Everybody had a good time,” said Cvoric. “Everybody had a good attitude and everybody was helping each other out. That’s what it’s all about – camaraderie and people coming together.”