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27th Brigade Support Troops Battalion train at Airport


Those who wear the uniform for our country are adding a new set of skills for an upcoming mission. The 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion are getting hands-on airport security training.

"Well, it isn't something that they normally do on a daily bases," said Brigadier General Steve Huber.

Airport security training isn't a daily exercise for these National Guard soldiers out of New York, but for their next assignment its crucial.

"This particular assignment is going to be done in Bahrain," said Brigadier General Huber.

According to Huber the battalion was asked to perform airport security in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and with the soldiers mobilized at Camp Shelby the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is the most ideal place to train.

"This is a good opportunity for them to get that kind of experience in a real environment," said Brigadier General Huber.

Second Lieutenant Matthew Carpenter says the troops are covering all aspects of security.

"To conduct airline operations, perimeter patrols as well as general airport security," said Second Lieutenant Carpenter.

When the soldiers train the most important thing they look out for is anything out of place or unusual, but Brigadier General Huber says the challenging part of the training is the same thing they have to secure.

"You're dealing with the public whether an American public or international public. There are certain skill sets, there are certain finesse that you have to bring to the job," said Brigadier General Huber.

In 30 days, these soldiers will take their new skills to the Kingdom of Bahrain for 9 months.

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