By Jim Butters

NAS Jacksonville Training Officer

A escalating safety drill, including an active shooter scenario, was held aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Oct. 5 as part of the Command Assessment of Readiness Training. 

It began as a normal day at Satellite Pharmacy and Navy Munitions Command Detachment (NMC Det) Jacksonville until one of the NMC Det personnel was told that he was going to non-judicial punishment on criminal charges.

The scenario designed by the NAS Jax Installation Training Team (ITT), required cascading events of alarm response, active shooter and a suspicious package. Although, the main role-player, GM2 Wade Swoboda was the primary target, HM2 Omar Muriel Medina of the Satellite Pharmacy initiated the drill by activating the duress alarm, which started the operational response by NAS Jax Security Department for each of the events. 

The drill sequence was highlighted by quick decisions and rapid response to neutralize the suspect.

Additional staff members from NMC Det. Jax who played a key role in the success of the drill were: AO2 Matthew Stevens (duty officer), AO1 Courtney Dorsey and GM1 Charles Ortleb during their respective role-plays.

After Swoboda was neutralized and the area was cleared and considered safe by the Security Department, NAS Jax Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services team treated and transported the wounded personnel to a triage area. 

The scenarios were designed to validate Navy Security Forces pre-planned responses and complete integration in conjunction with command and control with support from fire and emergency services and activation of the Emergency Operations Center.   

This training exercise is steppingstone for our security forces and training teams as they ramp up their training in preparation for the next phase of regional assessment and then the final evaluation problem scheduled for 2018.