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18th SFS Defenders fight for the top flight

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron wait for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge to start on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron wait for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge to start on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron disperse after the initial briefing for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron disperse after the initial briefing for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron get briefed on the first task for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Each quarter the 18th SFS conducts the Defender Challenge to highlight superior performers for each flight, hone skills and boost unit morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron get briefed on the first task for the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Each quarter the 18th SFS conducts the Defender Challenge to highlight superior performers for each flight, hone skills and boost unit morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron provide casualty care while taking simulated fire during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Each quarter the 18th SFS conducts the Defender Challenge to highlight superior performers for each flight, hone skills and boost unit morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron provide casualty care while taking simulated fire during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Each quarter the 18th SFS conducts the Defender Challenge to highlight superior performers for each flight, hone skills and boost unit morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cord Wickander, 18th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, calls for help during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Wickander acted as a simulated patient with a wounded arm. The scenario required defenders to transport two patients and medical equipment across a field while under simulated fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cord Wickander, 18th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, calls for help during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Wickander acted as a simulated patient with a wounded arm. The scenario required defenders to transport two patients and medical equipment across a field while under simulated fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron provide aid to a simulated patient during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron provide aid to a simulated patient during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The challenge consisted of four main stations where participants were tested on field stripping weapons in low-light conditions, providing medical care under fire, room clearing, and conducting a high-risk traffic stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron low crawl during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders searched for and memorized items they found while low crawling and relayed the list of items to the training instructor after completing the station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron low crawl during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders searched for and memorized items they found while low crawling and relayed the list of items to the training instructor after completing the station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron low crawl during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders searched for and memorized items they found while low crawling and relayed the list of items to the training instructor after completing the station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron low crawl during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders searched for and memorized items they found while low crawling and relayed the list of items to the training instructor after completing the station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Torres Salvador, 18th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, searches a vehicle during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The vehicle search was conducted as part of a high-risk traffic stop scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Torres Salvador, 18th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, searches a vehicle during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The vehicle search was conducted as part of a high-risk traffic stop scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron conduct a simulated high-risk traffic stop during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The simulated high-risk traffic stop consisted of ordering all occupants out of the vehicle, placing the individuals in custody, and searching the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron conduct a simulated high-risk traffic stop during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The simulated high-risk traffic stop consisted of ordering all occupants out of the vehicle, placing the individuals in custody, and searching the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron conduct a simulated high-risk traffic stop during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The simulated high-risk traffic stop consisted of ordering all occupants out of the vehicle, placing the individuals in custody, and searching the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron conduct a simulated high-risk traffic stop during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. The simulated high-risk traffic stop consisted of ordering all occupants out of the vehicle, placing the individuals in custody, and searching the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ronald Arias, 18th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, disassembles an M-9 pistol during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders were timed on how fast they could field strip, reassemble and function check weapons in low-light conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ronald Arias, 18th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, disassembles an M-9 pistol during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders were timed on how fast they could field strip, reassemble and function check weapons in low-light conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender assembles an M240 during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario consisted of teams assembling various weapons in lowlight conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender assembles an M240 during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario consisted of teams assembling various weapons in lowlight conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender assembles an M240 during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario consisted of teams assembling various weapons in lowlight conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender disassembles an M-9 pistol during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. Defenders were timed on how fast they could field strip, reassemble and function check weapons in low-light conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

18th Security Forces Squadron defenders conduct a room clearing event during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario was allowed for Airmen to test their skills for room clearing procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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18th Security Forces Squadron defenders conduct a room clearing event during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario was allowed for Airmen to test their skills for room clearing procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender clears a hallway during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario was the last event for the teams in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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An 18th Security Forces Squadron defender clears a hallway during the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 12, 2021. This scenario was the last event for the teams in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

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