KMC Airmen practice active shooter response

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dallas Bergeson, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron police services noncommissioned officer in charge, directs students through the building. Students gathered at a designated meeting point for accountability after being evacuated.

Security forces Airmen arrive on scene and clear their weapons during an active shooter exercise at Ramstein Airman Leadership School on Vogelweh Military Complex, Oct. 16. As security forces members approached the school house, they were directed to a single point of entry to ensure the safety of all participants.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron and the 86th Security Forces Squadron conducted an active shooter response exercise at the Ramstein Airman Leadership School on Vogelweh Military Complex, Oct. 16.

The main objective of the exercise was to evaluate the response procedures of students, bystanders, and emergency responders.

“The purpose of the exercise was to ensure the ALS instructors and students were current in conducting their active shooter response procedures,” said Master Sgt. Eric Mamac, 86th Airlift Wing Inspector General readiness planner. “This included their lockdown procedures, notification procedures, accountability, and meeting spot.

“We also wanted to ensure the 569th USFPS had a quick and proper response to the scenario, and the transition from the incident commander to the fire chief were completed correctly,” added Mamac.

After exercise completion, the initial assessment of the school’s and security forces’ procedures was positive.

“The response by the school was admirable, they locked down the building quickly,” said Master Sgt. Robert Jarvis, 86th AW/IG readiness planner. “The response by security forces was also impressive.”

After the shooter fired his first shots, security forces responded to the scene and terminated the shooter within minutes.

Officials say active shooter scenarios can happen anywhere.

“We ensure the KMC’s preparedness by continually conducting exercises such as this,” said Jarivs. “Be it at a workplace, school, or other type of occupancy where masses of people assemble, we ensure our forces are ready to put an end to the threat with precision at a moment’s notice.”