Training primes, prepares Osan defenders
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron went through special high risk response training, or HRRT, here Aug. 12-16.
According to John Knipe, lead HRRT instructor from Analytic Services Inc., the course is designed to help Pacific Air Forces' Airmen prepare to meet dangerous and unpredictable situations on military installations that require immediate law enforcement action.
"The intensive course based on real-life scenarios provides effective response tactics to empower security forces members to swiftly eliminate active shooter and other high risk response threats," said Knipe.
The HRRT course, which included classroom instruction and practical exercises, culminated in a series of scenarios that put each participant's skills to the test.
"We had 15 defenders from throughout the squadron go through this 'train the trainer' course," said Staff Sgt. Jennel Martin, 51st SFS combat readiness instructor. "At the end of the course, we put them in different teams and ran each team through different scenarios that all took place at the Exchange - from the stock room and back offices to the actual main floor. Most of the scenarios were active shooter based, but varied a little bit with hostage and wounded bystander response situations. We also had more than 30 Team Osan members take part as role players, which was amazing because it gave each scenario a more realistic feel."
With 51st SFS members well-versed in close-quarters combat, or CQB, the training only added tools to the defenders' repertoire.
"We're used to CQB and first response, where we would normally go in and clear every room, but HRRT is a little different," Martin said. "It's a different set of techniques all together. So even though it's hard breaking old habits, this is critical training that everyone should go through."