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Airmen compete in Army Air Assault Course

Soldiers and airmen from the Missouri National Guard compete in the Army Air Assault Course at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

Soldiers and airmen from the Missouri National Guard compete in the Army Air Assault Course at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

Soldiers and airmen from the Missouri National Guard compete in the Army Air Assault Course at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

Soldiers and airmen from the Missouri National Guard compete in the Army Air Assault Course at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes, assigned to the 139th Security Forces Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, receives the Air Assault Badge at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the Army Air Assault Course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes, assigned to the 139th Security Forces Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, receives the Air Assault Badge at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., May 13, 2016. Haynes and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles were the first airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing to compete in the Army Air Assault Course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Dunning/released)

NEOSHO, Mo. -- Two airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing competed in the U.S. Army Air Assault Course in Neosho, Mo., from May 2 - 13, 2016.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Greggory Haynes, who is assigned to the 139th Security Forces Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Kristen Roles, assigned to the 139th Maintenance Group, competed in the two-week long course.

The course is designed for soldiers who conduct air mobile operations, but is open to other service members. Students are tested on combat assault, rappelling, physical fitness, and preparing loads for helicopters, or sling loads.

The course was administered by the Army National Guard's Warrior Training Center based out of Fort Benning, Ga.

This is the first time airmen from the wing have competed in this course, said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Richie, superintendent of the 139th Security Forces Squadron.

"This is a great opportunity for joint training," said Richie. "[The course] helps with supporting the combat role in security forces and for joint deployments."

The course ended with a 12-mile ruck march that must be completed in under three hours.

Out of 205 students, 149 completed the course successfully and earned the Air Assault Badge.

Haynes was one of those students who graduated. Although Roles did not graduate, she will have another attempt later this year.

"We look forward to future opportunities for our folks to attend this course," said Richie.