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June 21, 2013

Squadrons swap expertise in exercise

Staff Sgt. Scott Emmick, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog, Roy, 56th SFS MWD, check a fuel vehicle for explosives during the training exercise. The exercise helped improve response time and gave first responders a look at the potential emergencies and disasters based on a real-world event.

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron conducted an exercise June 13 with members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight and 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron. The scenario involved an Airman from the 56th LRS targeting three locations throughout Luke Air Force Base with multiple improvised explosive devices.

The training gave Luke Airmen a chance to work with emergency response personnel from other units.

“We can learn from each other when we train together,” said Jerold Haupt, 56th SFS standardized evaluations chief.

It gave the first responders a look at the potential emergencies and disasters based on a real-world event.

“The objective of the night was to train on responding to a scenario as well as working with EOD to help better our communication,” Haupt said. “K-9 training was conducted as well to prepare our military working dogs for this type of real-world event.”

Teamwork played a major role in the success of the exercise.

“Overall the exercise went well,” said Master Sgt. Garet Vannes, 56th CES EOD member. “This was a great training exercise between the SFS, POL and EOD. Security forces did a great job in planning and executing the exercise.”

 

Staff Sgt. Tony Williams, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, simulates arresting Airman Vincent Saengsombat, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, for attempting to detonate explosives June 13 during a training exercise at Luke Air Force Base.

 

Staff Sgt. Pricilla Saenz, 56th SFS patrolman, examines evidence found during the exercise, which revealed the plan to target three areas with improvised explosive devices.

 

Tech. Sgt. William Moncrease, 56th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, and Staff Sgt. Pricilla Saenz, 56th SFS patrolman, look at a base map found among the evidence gathered during the training exercise. The map, found on the suspect, indicated a plan to attack three targets on base.

 

Staff Sgt. Joseph Fairchild and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Waltman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, work on an EOD robot during the exercise. The robot was used to disable the explosive device.




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