An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Jan. 23, 2020

Osan Defenders Continue ‘Fight, Tonight’ Tradition

By Staff Sgt. Greg Nash 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- For eight days, life was a grueling blur for a special group of new students. Although these elite ‘scholars’ had triumphed many tests previously, they were put to the ultimate challenge here: passing the 51st Security Forces Squadron’s Combat Readiness Course at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

By relying on each other, Osan’s newest defenders defied the high-stress course to graduate and earn their “Metal Tigers” squadron patches, Dec. 20, 2019.

For 51st SFS CRC instructor Staff Sgt. Rachel Newell, seeing the students reap the program’s benefits was rewarding.

“The Combat Readiness Course prepares our newly assigned [Security Forces] members on how to utilize their skills and tailor them in our specific environment,” Newell said. “Experiencing this unique training, the stressful curriculum and scenarios allows defenders to make the best decisions under pressure. By honing readiness, their actions can be become second nature for-real world scenarios.”

While most students dread a pop quiz or class presentation, the CRC students had even worse to look forward to: a week of hunger and fatigue.

Instead of drinking coffee to cram for a next day’s exam, these defenders drank water to stay hydrated while studying land navigation routes and fending off mock enemies. Through it all, the students overcame adversity by trusting their comrades.

“Facing challenges that I didn’t experience before in my young career and overcoming the [course’s] obstacles with my teammates was exciting,” said Airman 1st Class Alexander Wilde, 51st SFS. “The night operation was my favorite scenario because it taught me a lot about teamwork and communication. Overall, we learned to put egos aside to find out better ways to overcome things.”

According to Wilde, early on he was very reserved. After vocalizing his ideas, his classmates influenced him to give more feedback to help the team.

For the CRC instructors, seeing younger Airmen beginning to take charge and make decisions is the growth they want to see.

Because of this progression, Wilde, who transformed from being the quiet kid in the classroom to a vocal leader encouraging his comrades to finish strong during a ruck, was honored by his peers by earning the Defender Award, which distinguishes the top graduate with the highest professionalism, conduct and hard work.

“I was shocked, I thought plenty of people deserved the award,” Wilde said. “I never viewed myself to be in the spotlight but I was smiling hard when I received it. I just want to thank my team for honoring me and apply what I learned here to be a better defender.”

Through it all, the instructors were happy to see another class graduate and become better equipped to complete Osan’s mission.

“These defenders dug deep to finish this very demanding course,” Newell said. “They experienced long hours, frustration with trying to work with new people they just met and hunger. But after overcoming these courses, the base can expect more confident and competent Airmen. Many Airmen come through this course extremely shy or afraid to step up but afterwards, they leave here knowing they are equipped to ‘Fight, Tonight.’”


Like Us
Follow Us



USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Missile Launch
Oct. 5, 2022 - We are aware of the two ballistic missile launches and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our...

U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea Conduct a Trilateral Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise
221006-N-DW158-1038 WATERS BETWEEN KOREA AND JAPAN (Oct 6, 2022) Ships from the U.S., Japan and Republic of Korea conducted a trilateral ballistic missile defense exercise in the waters between Korea and Japan, Oct. 6. The ships included Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) (not pictured), part of the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Chokai (DDG 176) and JS Ashigara (DDG 178) (not pictured), and Republic of Korea Navy destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) and demonstrated the strength of the trilateral relationship and the interoperability of U.S., Japanese and ROK collective forces. Chancellorsville provided air defense to the units as they conducted the ballistic missile exercise, which includes, detecting, tracking, and intercepting simulated targets, as well as coordination, communication, and information-sharing between the three countries. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gray Gibson)
Oct. 5, 2022 - Following the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) ballistic missile launch over Japan on Oct. 4 (local time), which was part of a larger series of launches over the past two weeks, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile...

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup
Oct. 5, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- On October 4, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup held a call to address the threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)...

In Close Orbit: Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 Aboard USS Tripoli (LHA 7)
A naval air crewman jumps out of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 during a search and rescue (SAR) swimmer training evolution Sept. 22, 2022. HSC-23 is embarked aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7). Tripoli is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Oct. 5, 2022 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Sailors of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, Detachment 1, provide amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli with an important multi-role air asset.HSC-23 performs several essential missions for the...

U.S. Army Civil Affairs Support Rally For Rangers in Mongolia
U.S. Army Civil Affairs support Rally For Rangers in Mongolia.
Oct. 4, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Mongolia -- In partnership with the Mongol Ecology Center and Spirit of America, a U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team supported the “Rally for Rangers” event, a cross-country journey aimed to benefit the Mongolian...