‘Ready to Serve’ Is No Joke

By Staff Sgt. Amber Kimble

FORT BENNING, Ga., April 01, 2017 - While participating in a recent opposing force (OPFOR) mission at Fort Benning, Georgia, Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) members voluntarily helped extinguish a small fire in the Infantry Training Area. Nearby GSDF members saw the fire ignite during active OPFOR operations and immediately responded. Utilizing personal tools, vehicles, and various resources, GSDF personnel were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading. The fire was caused by a flare.

GSDF members respond to a fire during an OPFOR mission at Fort Benning, Georgia, April 1, 2017. The immediate response of GSDF personnel helped prevent the fire from spreading and allowed the training mission to continue. Georgia State Defense Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Kimble

GSDF members respond to a fire during an OPFOR mission at Fort Benning, Georgia, April 1, 2017. The immediate response of GSDF personnel helped prevent the fire from spreading and allowed the training mission to continue.
Georgia State Defense Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Kimble

 

Even though the flames had already begun to spread, GSDF personnel were able to contain and then smother the fire before it was able to spread to other training areas. The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) expressed their gratitude to the GSDF, citing that without their immediate response, the entire training area would have been shut down by range control and the training mission would have been compromised. After the area was cleared by the GAARNG, GSDF Soldiers continued with the physically demanding OPFOR mission.

 

During an OPFOR mission, GSDF Soldiers pull their resources together to help control and safely extinguish a fire that threatens the Infantry Training Area at Fort Benning, Georgia, April 1, 2017. Georgia State Defense Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Kimble

During an OPFOR mission, GSDF Soldiers pull their resources together to help control and safely extinguish a fire that threatens the Infantry Training Area at Fort Benning, Georgia, April 1, 2017.
Georgia State Defense Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Kimble

Updated: April 4, 2017 — 09:07
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