Rosecrans to Add Weapons School

Published 08/28 2014 05:15PM

Updated 08/28 2014 11:10PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) For the past two years, leaders from the city of St. Joseph and Rosecrans Air National Guard Base have been working to bring more military personnel to the city.

Thursday, the air force base announced it will begin training students through its new weapons school.

"When they come through the course, they're learning how to be better instructors, better Airforce leaders, how to employ not only they're aircraft but all of the Airforce weapon systems in a combined joint environment," said weapons instructor, Lt. Col. Timothy Murphy.

Every six months, twelve airmen will go through training at Rosecrans to learn how to handle, deliver and work tactical systems. Weapons instructors say students who complete the course will also be exposed to new leadership roles.
"I deployed in 2005 and went over and was actually the chief mission planner for all C-130 airdrops in Afghanistan and Iraq which actually wound up planning all of the air drops in support of the lone survivor," added Murphy.

Once the graduate program is completed, each student will earn 400 hours of combat mission training. "They'll get intense academics on the C-130 specifically the C-130H and the J-Model and how its tactically employed, how do we do our tactical maneuvers with it and then they'll start going through the flying phases," added Murphy.

The weapons school will also bring 30 new full-time positions to the base, which  means an economic boost for the city.

"These are people that live in our community, shop in our community and you know they're our neighbors and so it's great to be able to provide a home and a community for all the new people that's gonna be coming here," said Bill Falkner, St. Joseph Mayor.

"This is a good thing for St. Joseph and I think it will set us up to actually bring more schools and more training to St. Joseph, especially in the C130-H model," stated Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, Missouri National Guard Adjutant General.

Courses will begin in February. Rosecrans plans to build a permanent spot for the school at a later time.

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