by Master Sgt. Charles Delano
153rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
12/18/2015 - CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Everyday
armed military personnel provide security for installations across the
globe. But, what if, the very same airman tasked to protect personnel
and assets becomes an active shooter? This is the scenario the Wyoming
Air National Guard's 153rd Security Forces Squadron tested Dec. 18 at
the Cheyenne Air National Guard base.
Secretary of Air Force Deborah James recently issued a memorandum for
military bases to test the effectiveness of active shooter and lock down
procedures. The 153rd Airlift Wing's exercise involved a lone gunman,
armed with a M-4 assault rifle and 14 magazines filled with blanks,
"shooting" airmen and attempting to evade capture.
"We wanted to test the worst-case scenario where an armed security
forces airman is the gunman," said Capt. Sean Deveau, 153rd Security
Forces Squadron commander. "Our No. 1 priority is the security of the
base. We train and test our response to these types of situations to
make us better at securing the base."
The exercise began around 9:30 a.m. The "shooter," for the exercise,
exited a vehicle and began his shooting spree outside the newly
renovated wing headquarters building. Airmen within the building
observed the member as an active shooter and informed security forces.
The base initiated lockdown procedures while the shooter attempted to enter several other buildings.
"This was a good exercise. It was realistic and helped me see how fast a
situation like this can develop," said Senior Airman Karen Klein, a
member of the 153rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. "My adrenaline was
Several security forces airmen chased down and fatally wounded the
active shooter as part of the training exercise. Upon completing all the
necessary building sweeps, emergency responders attended to injuries
and the exercise ended.
Observers from the153rd inspector general wing inspection team graded
security forces personnel on base lockdown and response, security forces
response, and recovery after the active shooter was eliminated.
Security forces airmen assigned to the 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren
Air Force Base, also observed the exercise to get an understanding of
how the National Guard wing conducts active shooter exercises.
Observers said they concluded the exercise was a success with the most
notable aspects being how difficult it was for the shooter to enter the
buildings. They also commended the communication between members of the