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SFS conducts active shooter exercise at base schools

Staff Sgts. Harold Snyder (right), 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, and Tim Endres, 436th SFS response force leader, take up a defensive position,  covering multiple angles Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Teams of two opened individual rooms in search of potential threats or faculty members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgts. Harold Snyder (right), 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, and Tim Endres, 436th SFS response force leader, take up a defensive position, covering multiple angles Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Teams of two opened individual rooms in search of potential threats or faculty members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Shayna Sayer, 436th Security Forces Squadron trainer, uses a simulated firearm while looking into rooms Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Sayer played the role of an active shooter during the exercise. (US Air Force Photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Shayna Sayer, 436th Security Forces Squadron trainer, uses a simulated firearm while looking into rooms Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Sayer played the role of an active shooter during the exercise. (US Air Force photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Inspectors watch as a four-man fire team from the 436th Security Forces Squadron clears rooms at a school Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Security forces fire teams kept in contact with one another to ensure each other’s locations and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Inspectors watch as a four-man fire team from the 436th Security Forces Squadron clears rooms at a school Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Security forces fire teams kept in contact with one another to ensure each other’s locations and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Tim Endres, 436th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, clears a cafeteria Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Once inside a room, security forces Airmen searched for potential occupants and casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Tim Endres, 436th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, clears a cafeteria Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Once inside a room, security forces Airmen searched for potential occupants and casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Harold Snyder, 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, drags Staff Sgt. Keylan Moore, 436th SFS response force leader, into a room Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Moore was one of two “casualties” during the active shooter exercise. (US Air Force Photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Staff Sgt. Harold Snyder, 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, drags Staff Sgt. Keylan Moore, 436th SFS response force leader, into a room Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Moore was one of two “casualties” during the active shooter exercise. (US Air Force photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Senior Airman Miguel Bettencourt (left), 436th Security Forces Squadron response member, and Staff Sgt. Harold Snyder, 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, clear a stairwell Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Every location inside the schools was swept for hostiles and noncombatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding

Senior Airman Miguel Bettencourt (left), 436th Security Forces Squadron response member, and Staff Sgt. Harold Snyder, 436th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, clear a stairwell Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Every location inside the schools was swept for hostiles and noncombatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Justin Viens, 436th Security Forces Squadron supervisory police officer, keeps watch down a hallway Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Viens strategically positioned himself to continuously scan for threats during an active shooter exercise. (US Air Force Photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Justin Viens, 436th Security Forces Squadron supervisory police officer, keeps watch down a hallway Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Viens strategically positioned himself to continuously scan for threats during an active shooter exercise. (US Air Force photo by A1C Jonathan Harding)

Senior Airman Miguel Bettencourt, 436th Security Forces Squadron response member, clears his handgun prior to an exercise Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Exercise players exchanged their weapons for dummy models to prevent potential injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

Senior Airman Miguel Bettencourt, 436th Security Forces Squadron response member, clears his handgun prior to an exercise Oct. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Exercise players exchanged their weapons for dummy models to prevent potential injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding)

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The 436th Security Forces Squadron, in conjunction with Dover Air Force Base Middle and George S. Welch Elementary Schools, held an active shooter exercise Oct. 11, 2019.

The purpose of the exercise was for staff and security forces Airmen to effectively deescalate a situation involving the apprehension of a suspect while keeping all faculty safe.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Johnson, 436 SFS standards and evaluation, said, “The main objective of this exercise is to instill a ‘run, fight and hide’ mentality in the event of an active shooter.”

With students out of school for the day, school staffers received a brief prior to the exercise to outline specific actions during an active shooter situation.

Once the exercise began, Airmen with simulated rifles and handguns entered the school to eliminate the threat and search for potential casualties and survivors.

“We went directly to the threat,” said Staff Sgt. Harold Snyder, 436th SFS flight sergeant. “The communication was excellent all around, which really helped us out.”

Teachers were in place during the time of the exercise, which created a higher-fidelity training environment.

“This is the first time I’ve done an active shooter exercise with teachers in it,” said Snyder. “Having the teachers around gave this a realistic feel.”

Following the exercise, Johnson praised the work of the 436 SFS response team.

“They went straight to their instincts,” said Johnson. “They had an excellent response time … Their ability to attack and approach the active shooter was pristine, and they pressed without hesitation.”