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Ellsworth supports SDNG’s Golden Coyote exercise for real-world contingency training

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  • By Senior Airman Zachary Hada
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
Ellsworth continued its history of providing vital assets and support during the South Dakota National Guard's 30th Golden Coyote training exercise June 7 to 21.

This year's exercise provided participants from 45 Air Force, Army and Navy military units representing 15 states and personnel from four foreign nations with realistic training scenarios focused on honing skills required for overseas contingency operations and homeland defense.

Maj. Anthony Deiss, SDNG public affairs officer, said participants engaged in various training tasks and battle drills such as combat patrols, urban combat operations, land navigation, first aid, casualty evacuation and convoy operations.

"Participating units train[ed] on their equipment, conduct[ed] military operations and employ[ed] tactics, as well as complete[d] various engineer projects and humanitarian missions that will help improve the forest and infrastructure of many local communities," Deiss said.

Ellsworth Airmen from a wide range of career fields provided vital support and services to ensure the success of the exercise. For example, Services Airmen from the 28th Force Support Squadron served more than 700 servicemembers breakfast and dinner at Camp Lancer throughout the duration of the training.

In addition to support and services, many Airmen participated in various training scenarios such as the high angle rescue exercise.

During the high angle exercise, firefighters from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron and SDNG's 451st Engineer Detachment practiced techniques they would utilize if victims become stranded or trapped in a location not easily accessible from the ground.

U.S. Army Spc. Adam North, SDNG 451st ED firefighter, said he appreciated having the chance to test skills he and his fellow firefighters rarely get to use.

"This opportunity to train is invaluable and prepares us for things we might face during real-world situations," said North. "Every year we come out to Ellsworth and the people here have been real helpful and supportive with assisting us with our training."