NJ Air National Guardsmen train at Operation Kriegshammer

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron receive map and compass training from tactical air control party specialists at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer, a joint training mission.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron receive map and compass training from tactical air control party specialists at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer, a joint training mission. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Baum from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron calls in an air strike by F-16 Fighting Falcons at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer.  Operation Kriegshammer is a joint training mission sponsored by 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, and includes tactical air control party specialists, security forces, services, and force support Airmen.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Baum from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron calls in an air strike by F-16 Fighting Falcons at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer. Operation Kriegshammer is a joint training mission sponsored by 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, and includes tactical air control party specialists, security forces, services, and force support Airmen. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon flies over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer, a joint training mission.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon flies over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer, a joint training mission. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

Bombs dropped from a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon supporting Air National Guard airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron impact targets at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer. Operation Kriegshammer is a joint training mission, and this portion featured training in emergency close air support.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

Bombs dropped from a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon supporting Air National Guard airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron impact targets at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer. Operation Kriegshammer is a joint training mission, and this portion featured training in emergency close air support. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zaniewski, left, explains emergency close air support procedures to Airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron on July 16, 2014 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany.  Zaniewski is the superintendent of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zaniewski, left, explains emergency close air support procedures to Airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron on July 16, 2014 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany. Zaniewski is the superintendent of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A French Air Force Mirage 2000 controlled by New Jersey Air National Guardsmen drops munitions over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A French Air Force Mirage 2000 controlled by New Jersey Air National Guardsmen drops munitions over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zaniewski, right, points out a direct hit to Tech. Sgt. Jack Baum after coordinating emergency close air support from a German Air Force Tornado on July 16, 2014 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany.  Zaniewski is the superintendent of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, and Baum is assigned to the 177th Security Forces Squadron.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zaniewski, right, points out a direct hit to Tech. Sgt. Jack Baum after coordinating emergency close air support from a German Air Force Tornado on July 16, 2014 at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany. Zaniewski is the superintendent of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, and Baum is assigned to the 177th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A French Air Force Mirage 2000, controlled by New Jersey Air National Guard Airmen, flies over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer.  (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A French Air Force Mirage 2000, controlled by New Jersey Air National Guard Airmen, flies over Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany on July 16, 2014 during Operation Kriegshammer. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- In the hills of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) received training on emergency close air support (ECAS) on July 16, 2014.

The ECAS scenarios were developed by the tactical air control party (TACP) Airmen from the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) as part of Operation Kriegshammer.

Using maps and compasses, the security forces Airmen plotted their location as well as potential target areas.

"This stuff is awesome," said Master Sgt. Walter Kienzle, a security forces combat arms, training, and maintenance specialist.

"We don't get to use maps like this out in the field very often, and it's a perishable skill so this has been a great refresher," said Kienzle.

Airman 1st Class David Denesha, a tactical air control party airman from the 227th ASOS, observed and assisted with the map and compass training.

"It's important to know basic map reading skills in case our global positioning system devices have batteries that give out," said Denesha.

"No one in security forces expects to have to jump on the radio to talk with aircraft, but it has happened," said Senior Master Sgt. John Sacchetti, 177th SFS operations superintendent. "Being able to communicate with aircraft is an incredibly valuable training opportunity."

The Grafenwoehr Training Area, with over 83 square miles of ranges, provided an ideal location for ECAS training.

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons, German air force Tornadoes, and French air force Mirage 2000s came on station to provide close air support.

"It was a rush talking to the German pilots," said Master Sgt. Stan Carroll, from the 177th SFS. "The key was being calm on the radio, and enunciating for the foreign pilots."

"Grafenwoehr has been a great experience for us," said Sacchetti. "The TACP have shown us what they do with ECAS, and we will be showing them how we handle active shooter situations and preform small unit tactics. As far as joint training goes, it does not get any better than this."