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3rd ABCT conducts joint training with Air Force unit

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Airmen from the 17th Air Special Tactics Squadron and more than 33 Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, conducted joint weapons training Jan. 22.

The training focused on giving Soldiers the opportunity to fire the Glock 19, Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle Heavy 17 and Special Combat Assault Rifle Sniper M20.

“This is a beginning of a great relationship and a great chance for cross training,” said Air Force Lt. Col. John Traxler, commander of the 17th Air Special Tactics Squadron.

“This was truly a joint effort and a benefit to everyone involved,” said Traxler. “We get from the Army all the time and now we have an opportunity to give back.”

He said he looks forward to future training.

Since 2011, the 17th Air Special Tactics Squadron has operated in locations aligned solely with the 75th Ranger Regiment. The headquarters element is based at Fort Benning, but also supports the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Rgt. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Rgt., at Hunter Army Airfield located in Savannah, Ga.

“I’m excited to be training with another branch in the military and have the chance to fire other weapons besides the M4,” said Pvt. Teagon Costello, an Infantryman assigned to 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.

Costello said the SCAR heavy is the most advanced weapon he has fired. The opportunity to fire different weapons was well worth the wait in the 22-degree weather, he added.

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