Desert Defender Ground Combat Readiness Training Center (RTC) was established in 2007 as an Air National Guard owned and operated RTC providing Security Forces pre-deployment and specialized course training. In 2014, with the signing of PAD 12-06 and subsequent consolidation of Security Forces RTCs, Desert Defender significantly expanded its mission and assigned personnel.
The RTC, located at Fort Bliss, Texas, is a Total Force-operated premier USAF readiness training center and centralized Unit Type Code (UTC) Logistic Detail (LOGDET) deployment hub. Its mission is two-fold as it trains and equips Defenders to meet Combatant Commander requirements:
Train – Provide sustainment readiness training, Expeditionary Combat Certification Readiness Training, and advanced Ground Combat Skills training
Equip – Deploy scalable capability-based equipment packages that are light, lean, lethal and mobile to conduct the full range of expeditionary missions