NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Once a month, the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center-Las Vegas pairs up with the 99th Security Forces Squadron to check ID cards and secure the gates here.
The members of the U.S. NOSC Las Vegas were looking for a creative way to enhance the training experience of their Master at Arms apprentices. Partnering with the 99th SFS provides the perfect platform to practice entry control duties and understand their role in properly securing a military installation.
Together as gate guards, the Air Force and Navy support each other with one goal in common – the safety and security of all personnel who work and reside at Nellis AFB.
The information shared is very valuable in both the individual and group training programs for the respective personnel involved. Each unit learns new and diverse ways to execute the security mission.
“While the Navy Reserve stand guard unarmed, they gain valuable experience while active duty Air Force Security Forces back them up.” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Haydee Acosta, master at arms, NOSC Las Vegas. “We may have different uniforms, but it’s the same job.”
To further enhance security training, the 99th SFS recently offered the use of their shoot house building to Navy Reserve units. The Naval Support Activity Bahrain Detachment G and Navy Reserve Chinhae Detachment drill at the NOSC Las Vegas located in area two of Nellis.
The shoot house building, located in the old federal prison area, housed an old gym, and thanks to the 820th RED HORSE, the area was converted into a challenging tactical training facility.
“We use this [area] for active shooter scenarios, barricaded suspects, use of force and shoot don’t shoot,” said, Sommer Noethlich, 99th SFS training instructor.
Local law enforcement agencies and Navy SEALs also use the building from time to time, Noethlich said.
The old gym has been repurposed into an amazing training area with a classroom, many training aids such as red suits for hand-to-hand training, blue weapons[plastic replicas of real weapons], and simulated munitions with rounds designed to be fired through police and military service weapons.
One of the focus areas of the NOSC Las Vegas is to capitalize on the capabilities and services provided by the 99th SFS and to continue working together with the Air Force to ultimately provide the combatant commander with highly trained, capable, and deployable Navy Reserve members.