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U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander watches a scenario play out on the MILO Range system Jan. 29, 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop and Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Hurt, the 354th FW command chief, learned how the simulator system better equips law enforcement officers for possible Use of Force incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Garner, a 354th Security Forces Squadron Trainer, shows Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Hurt, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, how an M4 Carbine is modified for the MILO Range simulator Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hurt and Bishop learned about how this simulator is used by security forces Airmen to train. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Hurt, Airman 1st Class John Murphy, Senior Airman Melvin Castillo and Col. Benjamin Bishop, pose for a photo Jan. 29, 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop and Hurt spent a day with some of Eielson’s defenders to get a glimpse of what it takes to execute their duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, checks an identification card before letting a vehicle on base Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop spent a day with Eielson defenders conducting identification checks at the gate and participating in incident response training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, participates in a scenario on the MILO Range system with a 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bishop experienced first-hand how the simulator helps prepare Airmen for scenarios they can possibly run into. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, coordinates traffic Jan. 29, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. To gain insight into the daily life of a security forces member, Bishop and Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Hurt, the 354th FW command chief, spent most of the day walking in the shoes of an Eielson Air Force Base defender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA -- At the 2018 Air, Space and Cyber conference, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced the Year of the Defender, placing a focus on key defender capabilities such as increasing security and lethality, modernizing weapon systems, and preparing base defense for near-peer threats. Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Hurt, the 354th FW command chief, experienced life as a defender here at Eielson. Bishop and Hurt implemented force protection measures at the base gate, and gained some insight into how their defenders are innovating training to ensure readiness and decrease vulnerabilities.