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Airman 1st Class Trent Steege, 325th Security Forces Squadron community police response force member, receives a briefing Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. Steege was being briefed on what role he would play during a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise focusing on self-aid buddy care under fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

Airman 1st Class Trent Steege, 325th Security Forces Squadron community police response force member, receives a briefing Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. Steege was being briefed on what role he would play during a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise focusing on self-aid buddy care under fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

A team of 325th Security Forces Squadron members perform a final operational check of their training rifles before an exercise Aug. 18 in preparation of a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise with emphasize on self-aid and buddy care under fire. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

A team of 325th Security Forces Squadron members perform a final operational check of their training rifles before an exercise Aug. 18 in preparation of a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise with emphasize on self-aid and buddy care under fire. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

A 325th Security Forces Squadron member loads simulated ammunition to a rifle magazine Aug. 18 in preparation of a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise with emphasize on self-aid and buddy care under fire. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

A 325th Security Forces Squadron member loads simulated ammunition to a rifle magazine Aug. 18 in preparation of a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise with emphasize on self-aid and buddy care under fire. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook/Released)

Airman 1st Class Justin Osinga, 325th Security Force Squadron response force member, covers his team during a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise Aug. 18. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in self-aid buddy care in a simulated combat area.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

Airman 1st Class Justin Osinga, 325th Security Force Squadron response force member, covers his team during a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise Aug. 18. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in self-aid buddy care in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

Senior Airman Adrian Vergara, 325th Security Force Squadron commander’s executive, fires a Berretta M9 pointed at simulated enemy combatants Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

Senior Airman Adrian Vergara, 325th Security Force Squadron commander’s executive, fires a Berretta M9 pointed at simulated enemy combatants Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

The 325th Security Forces Squadron participated in a self-aid buddy care under fire exercise Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

The 325th Security Forces Squadron participated in a self-aid buddy care under fire exercise Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

The 325th Security Forces Squadron participated in a self-aid buddy care under fire exercise Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

Staff Sergeant Sean Murphy, 325th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, provides cover to his Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise team Aug. 18 at the security forces training grounds. The purpose of the exercise was to maintain certifications and give Airmen experience in SABC in a simulated combat area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa/Released)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Within the words of the Airman's Creed are words that every Airman should live by. "I will never leave an Airman behind." That phrase invokes a sense of brotherhood amongst security forces members--and recently, they trained the way they fight.

Two teams of five faced off against each other. Deep in the woods shots were fired. Simulated ammunition in the form of plastic bullets that marked a pink or blue spot on a target streaked through the air. The shots were fired from M4 Carbine's and Beretta M9's, from opposite ends of the heavily-wooded training area. In the midst of this all happening, both teams had one mission; to retrieve and perform self-aid buddy care while taking live fire.

Twice a year the 325th Security Forces Squadron conducts a Shoot, Move and Communicate exercise having to do with a theme. This time it was 'Care under Fire,' which focuses on team-building.

"This is a team-building exercise," said Senior Airman Dasmine Terry, 325th SFS trainer. "It teaches Airmen the fundamentals of working as a team, and they need to know how to work as a team in the case of a real-life enemy fire situation. We need to be one team to get the mission done.

"This also gives security forces Airmen the mindset that anything can happen and they don't know what they will encounter from day-to-day," she added.

Though it may seem like fun, personnel who participated in this three-hour-long training had to battle the obstacles of nature while caring for each other. Airmen were shot while others provided cover to those performing self-aid buddy care to mannequins simulating seriously wounded Airmen.

With temperatures of approximately 90 degrees, humidity that felt like 110 percent and spiders the size of a fist, the main concern was safety.

"We have high temperatures here, and our main concern here is Airmen safety," said Terry.

Throughout the morning "Make sure you keep yourself hydrated!" was yelled out.

Wherever you looked Airmen drenched in sweat were all around, but smiles, laughter and a lot of "good jobs" accompanied that.

"It's exhausting, tiring and it takes a while, but it's very beneficial," said Senior Airman Spencer Nguyen, 325th SFS response force leader. "This gives us that extra muscle-memory of what to do in these types of scenarios. It's easy to forget this especially when you are always checking ID's at the gate. A lot of people don't understand that security forces are a big mixture of all kinds of base security."