HomeNewsArticle Display

Cops train to 'set the bar' at Guardian Challenge

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Up north, there's a cow town where men with guns have been feeling itchy trigger fingers and practicing to take down the bad guys.

No, it's not the Greeley town Marshall with a makeshift posse of do-gooders, it's the combined 460th Security Forces Squadron and 137th Space Warning Squadron Guardian Challenge security forces team that will represent Team Buckley at the Air Force Academy May 16-19.

The total number of points possible for each unit element is 600 and is broken down into three categories. Total points in each category are:

Military operation in urban terrain/high risk entry evaluation: 200 points.
Combat marksmanship course: 200 points.
Fitness run/station challenge: 200 points.

The team members are Staff Sgts. Randy Fischer, Mario Hernandez and Airman 1st Class Devin Casteel, 137th SWS, and Airman 1st Class Chris Uremovich and Airman Kick Reyna, from the 460th SFS.

Tech. Sgt. Travis Silvers, 137th SWS, is the trainer for the security forces team.

Sergeant Silvers said he was honored to be selected to train the team. He said his motivational tactics vary as needed.

"I give them positive reinforcement and an occasional kick in the pants to remind them they can always improve," he said. "Most importantly, I try to keep them focused on the team itself."

Airman Reyna said he didn't expect to be representing his base at a command level competition after just three years in the military, but he feels privileged to have this opportunity.

"It's giving me new leadership skills that I will need later on in my career to mentor newer Airmen," he said. "Also, all of this training from firing, physical conditioning and team building exercises is helping me become a better security forces Airman all around."

Sergeant Fischer said he's been pleased with the opportunity to work with Airmen of different experience levels.

"Working with guys with various experiences is a great opportunity to improve my leadership skills and take away some newer skills from the younger Airmen," he said.

Sergeant Hernandez said he called his wife when he found out he was selected for the team.

"I was excited to be able to participate in such an exciting and well known event," he said.
"We just have to keep training hard and continue to push each other to the limit. That alone will be enough to be successful."

Sergeant Silvers said he has been pushing the team hard and they've responded well because they're in such great physical shape. He said the team's motto is, "One team, one fight!"

"They're the most fit group of young men I've had the chance to train with," he said.

Fit and single-minded according to Airman Uremovich. He said his personal goals are to live up to the standards set by his trainer and teammates, but that when it comes to his team goals, they are even higher.

"That we set the bar for Guardian Challenge," he said. "We aren't going to the Air Force Academy and say, 'I hope we do good.' We're going to the Air force Academy to win."

The team will find out the results of their efforts during closing ceremonies May 19-21.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.