by Airman Ty-Rico Lea
JBER Public Affairs
5/23/2013 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Airmen
and civilians of 673d Security Forces Squadron performed their annual
high-risk response training during Police Week, training that is part of
a Pacific Air Forces-wide program.
The U.S. Air Force partnered with Analytical Services Incorporated to
conduct a diverse range of high-risk response exercises. Headquartered
in Shirlington, Va., ANSER is a public service research institute that
worked with the Air Force in 1958 to help with the research and
development of more proficient ways of assessing situations that
threaten the security of America and its people. A cadre consisting of
ANSER senior analysts devised several exercises, which utilized the
concepts of responding to high risk situations.
"All throughout Police Week, we exercise training involving an active
shooter that could appear anywhere on base," said Air Force 2nd Lt.
Amber Evans, a 673d SFS flight commander. "Scenarios included places
such as elementary schools at the base exchange."
Security Forces service members were trained on the key pieces of
high-risk response principles, including the use of force, the history
of active shooters and navigating through a hostage situation.
"The high-risk response training that took place at the [base exchange]
was the culmination of all aspects used to train for any active shooter
situation," Evans said. "High-risk responses are particularly
challenging as you always have to go in with the mind-set that it's
going to be a no win situation."
According to a public release written by Air Force Staff Sgt. Rogelio
Diaz, 673d SFS training instructor, this type of training is used to
avoid any type of loss, ranging from lives to property damage.
Situations in the past have proven this type of training is critical as
each one is variable and unpredictable. The Office of the Secretary of
Defense advised all services to provide "active shooter" response
training to all security personnel in response to the Fort Hood, Texas,
As part of the exercise, Air Force members from different squadrons also
played the parts of hostages to gain the feel and experience of being
in a hostage
"We all had fun participating in the high-risk response training," said
Airman 1st Class Patrick Frick, 673d Communications Squadron cyber
system operator. "Ultimately we were really glad to help out."
Evans said whenever responding to an active shooter situation, security
forces members always use the implementation of non-lethal approaches
unless instructed otherwise or if they deem the shooter hostile.
"When it comes to saving lives, saving one is better than saving none," Evans said.