For the first time, two special tactics airmen integrated into Marine Raider training to learn how to lead a joint ground force.
The officers from the Special Tactics Training Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, spent four months, from January to April, immersed in the first phase of Marine Special Operations Command’s seven-month Individual Training Course.
The two airmen took part alongside nearly 100 Marines.
Col. Michael Martin, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, said he’s on a quest to provide joint training opportunities for his force.
In addition to sending airmen to train with other services, the wing has also implemented a three-week Leadership Development Course, which had its first run in mid-May.
The two special tactics officers brought the skills they learned from MARSOC to the new internal leadership training.
The course incorporates ground force commander training, similar to what the airmen experienced during their time with the Marines. The goal is to become better partners and leaders within the joint environment.
“We wanted to get some of that DNA blueprint of being a MARSOC Raider imprinted on some of our guys,” Martin said.
Sending more airmen to joint training allows them to return to the Air Force and share those best practices with other future leaders, he said.
“It has really fueled the diversified discussion of what are the best things for us to train in our own Leadership Development Course,” Martin said.