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Security Augmentation Force: back-up to the back-up

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Story by Cpl Micha Pierce on 06/11/2019
Security Augmentation Force (SAF) training is done to provide Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point with qualified and properly trained personnel ready to support the military provost marshal's office (PMO). They train to become our law enforcement's back-up when their capacities are exceeded, support destructive weather efforts, and any special event that is deemed appropriate by the installation commander.
The Marines training to become a part of SAF go through numerous courses to become highly qualified assets. After completing all of their initial screening, the Marines coordinate with their newly assigned squad leader to begin their law enforcement oriented training. Marines in SAF are required to qualify on the pistol range as well as participate in defensive tactics training, a gate procedures class, vehicle search training and qualify for level one contamination with oleoresin capsicum spray.
Following this training; they spend anywhere from a six months to a year assisting PMO with regular and special duties to help keep our installations, and the people within them, safe.


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