by Senior Airman Kasey Phipps
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
11/17/2015 - BETHANY, Okla. -- Six
members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard trained alongside almost 30
members of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office and other state agencies
during a Special Weapons and Tactics school held by the Oklahoma County
Sheriff's Office at a variety of training locations throughout
Oklahoma, Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, 2015.
The school allowed four Security Forces and two Tactical Air Control
Party Airmen from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City
and state law enforcement to learn precise joint operations and
procedures that could be used to save lives in real-world situations.
"Collaborating with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office provides great
joint training and helps us prepare for local state support and tactical
missions," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Delarber, 137th Security Forces flight
The techniques taught in the school can be used directly by SF Airmen,
who are charged with ensuring base defense both here and abroad, and
TACP Airmen, who perform tactical operations while deployed.
Students worked through a wide range of in-depth scenarios and tasks,
including trauma care, building and vehicle entry, shield and gas mask
use, search and clearance, assessing threats, low light operations, and
hostage situations held at the Southern Nazarene University campus in
Bethany and at a firefighting training center in Edmond.
"A lot of the scenarios are from situations we've encountered real
world, either our team or other teams," said Lt. Jason Ruegge, Oklahoma
County Sheriff's Office tactical unit team leader. "We work in reverse
order a lot of times and put in place what we want the officers to learn
from the scenario. Then we build the scenario backwards."
The rigorous training scenarios, which include live-fire simulation
ammunition and explosives, are designed to mimic the stress that can
complicate decision-making in rapidly changing environments.
"We try to make the training as real as possible and get their stress
levels as high as possible, so that these things come back to them when
they are in a stressful situation," said Sgt. Jimmy Lilly, Oklahoma
County Sheriff's Office tactical unit senior team leader.
The participants of this joint school left with an appreciation for
collaborative learning that captures the expertise shared by both law
enforcement and military operators.
"Now, we all speak the same language. We understand the tactics. We
understand the mission. We can push forward and get it done," said
This is at least the 10th year for the SWAT school, and the program
continues to develop, said Ruegge. The scenario locations vary each
year, allowing Airmen and officers to adapt to their environment and
their team members.