By Clark Pierce
An active shooter training exercise was conducted aboard NAS Jacksonville Oct. 27 involving the Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-trial Confinement Facility (TPU/PCF) and Security Department, as well as fire and emergency services.
The training exercise was not in response to any specific threat - but was simply a scheduled exercise designed to sharpen the readiness of NAS Jacksonville first responders and support personnel.
NAS Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor said, "This drill is designed to train and evaluate our first responders, in addition to the occupants of our installation buildings, when an active shooter/hostage scenario occurs. Our first responders have pre-planned responses that they follow to ensure the safety of nearby personnel in the event of a real-world incident."
In the drill scenario, a TPU staff member is going through non-judicial punishment - and is displaying excessive amounts of anger. He gets into a verbal confrontation with his chief and then warns the CDO not to call the base police.
The CDO calls 911. When a patrolman arrives at the TPU Quarterdeck, the disgruntled Sailor yells at the CDO and tells him, "I told you not to call the police!" And then he shoots the responding officer in his leg.
Additional police respond to the scene to neutralize the shooter and clear the building.
Installation Training Officer Jim Butters said, "The NAS Jacksonville Installation Training Team conducted the exercise in conjunction with the Security Antiterrorism Training Team. Exercise participants included TPU staff in Building 409; NAS Jax Security Department; NAS Jax Fire Department; NAS Jax CDO; NAS Jax EOC staff; and the Regional Dispatch Center staff. According to the station Public Affairs Officer Miriam Gallet, measures were taken aboard NAS Jacksonville to minimize disruptions to normal base operations.