USAF squadron at FLW soars
The 368th Training Squadron was activated on Oct. 17, 2018, along with the deactivation of the 364th Detachment 1.
The squadron’s mission focus is to develop professional and lethal warfighters by conducting world-class training in the areas of pavements and equipment operations, emergency management, engineering and ground transportation.
This relevant training enables Airmen to be ready to “fight tonight” and execute the mission all over the world.
The 368th also provides support to the 343rd Training Squadron, Operation Location Alpha. The 343rd provides heavy weapons training to security force personnel, along with integration with the military police investigator course.
The 368th hosts a staff of approximately 110 staff members, producing approximately 1,400 mission-ready Airmen annually and hosts 21 courses across four Air Force Specialty Codes. Airmen receive hands-on technical training and, upon completion of training, Airmen garner Community College of the Air Force credit. Each graduate is awarded between 10 and 22 credits depending on their course.
This year, the 368th also played host to a World War II bombardier, who shared his heroic story of his times over Europe. This D-Day memorial event was open to all of Fort Leonard Wood and had 610 attendees.
The squadron also developed a first-of-its-kind tractor trailer Department of Defense training course which provides skills to students that are equivalent to the industry standard for ground transportation.
This enables students to take the training they acquired while in military service and transfer them to a civilian equivalent certification.
Seabees build a better tomorrow
The Center for Seabees and Facility Engineer Detachment Fort Leonard Wood’s mission is to provide the safest and most cost effective instruction and training for the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Reserve components and allied military personnel to achieve and maintain an optimal state of readiness for contingency engineering with emphasis on construction equipment operations and technical engineering.
— Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment Fort Leonard Wood graduated 278 Equipment Operator and Engineering Aid “A” School students.
— CSFE Detachment Fort Leonard Wood administratively processed 132 Navy “C” School students attending Army Military Police Schools.
— Staff and students participated in a multitude of community events and outreach programs, such as Richland Park drainage project, Loving Paws Animal Shelter clean-up, Fireman Apprentice Paul Akers Jr. Ceremony in Crocker, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Waynesville and Joplin events, Adopt-A-Highway, and several others to include: Salute to Service recognized 80 high school students from the regional area who are entering the armed forces upon graduation; Missouri State Fair’s Military Appreciation Day; and Joint Service Color Guard at the St. Louis Cardinals Military Appreciation Night.
— Mobile Utilities Support Equipment, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Naval Education Training Command, CSFE, and Prime Power School conducted meetings to determine feasibility of an Interservice Training Review Organization partnership. All feedback from all parties is leaning towards an ITRO agreement in the future.
— CSFE Detachment Fort Leonard Wood reenlisted 11 Sailors this year, amassing $175,600 in selective reenlistment bonuses.
— Utilizing the Army’s transition office and transition goals, plans and success courses successfully retired three Sailors after more than 20 years of naval service.
— Successfully contracted and completed a $294,000 renovation project at our Navy Uniques site located on TA244.
— Partnering with Navy Region Midwest, our staff and students conducted 58 funeral honors covering 4,696 miles across seven counties.
— Received Navy Golden Anchor Retention Excellence Award.
— Naval Facilities Engineering Comand Everyday Hero Award was presented to Equipment Operator 2nd Class Joseph Weise.
(Editor’s note: The above articles were submitted to the GUIDON by the Air Force and Navy detachments, respectively. It is the seventh in a nine-part series.)