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Combat Arms team conducts annual training at Fort Knox

Senior Airman Richard Lunsford, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, makes site adjustments on an M68 close combat optic attached to an M4 carbine during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Senior Airman Richard Lunsford, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, makes site adjustments on an M68 close combat optic attached to an M4 carbine during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Strange, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, gives shooter site corrections to Senior Airman Richard Lunsford, another CATM team member, during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Strange, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, gives shooter site corrections to Senior Airman Richard Lunsford, another CATM team member, during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Members of the 123rd Security Forces Squadron's Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team perform threat discrimination exercises as part of annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. The Kentucky Air National Guard CATM team trains Airmen on the use of small arms and oversees the maintenance of weapons. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Members of the 123rd Security Forces Squadron's Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team perform threat discrimination exercises as part of annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 16, 2015. The Kentucky Air National Guard CATM team trains Airmen on the use of small arms and oversees the maintenance of weapons. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Tech Sgt. Randall Ford, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, qualifies with the M4 carbine while wearing the M50 gas mask during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Tech Sgt. Randall Ford, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, qualifies with the M4 carbine while wearing the M50 gas mask during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Kyle Clark, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, takes direction from Senior Airman Jacob Faith, his assistant gunner and fellow CATM team member, as he fires the M240B 7.62mm machine gun during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Kyle Clark, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, takes direction from Senior Airman Jacob Faith, his assistant gunner and fellow CATM team member, as he fires the M240B 7.62mm machine gun during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Tech Sgt. Bucky Harris, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, fires practice rounds from the M203 grenade launcher during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Tech Sgt. Bucky Harris, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, fires practice rounds from the M203 grenade launcher during annual weapons qualifications training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A special team from the 123rd Security Forces Squadron here successfully completed two days of annual weapons qualification training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 17.

Weapons qualification is essential to the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team, as their primary mission is to train base Airmen on the use of small arms and oversee the maintenance of weapons.

The 10-person CATM team also conducts firing range operations, weapons safety training, and care and maintenance of ammunition and equipment for members of the 123rd Airlift Wing.

"Maintaining weapons proficiency is extremely important for combat arms specialists," said Tech Sgt. Randall Ford Jr., the combat arms program manager. "The two days we spend on the range working with our weapons allows us to practice our safety procedures and weapons operations that we will, in turn, teach to base personnel."

While at Fort Knox, the team qualified with the M4 carbine/rifle, M9 Beretta pistol, M870 shotgun, M203 grenade launcher, M249/5.56mm machine gun and the M240B/7.62mm machine gun from several different firing positions.