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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Patricia Vanbeek, 18th Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of training, briefs volunteers for an active shooter exercise about the sequence of events June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Patricia Vanbeek, 18th Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of training, briefs volunteers for an active shooter exercise about the sequence of events June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron respond to a simulated active shooter exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Defenders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron respond to a simulated active shooter exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, prepares to clear a room during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, prepares to clear a room during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, 18th Security Forces Squadron assistant Alpha Flight chief, confronts a simulated active shooter during a training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, 18th Security Forces Squadron assistant Alpha Flight chief, confronts a simulated active shooter during a training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, right, 18th Security Forces Squadron assistant Alpha Flight chief, and Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th SFS Alpha Flight chief, confront a simulated active shooter during a training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, right, 18th Security Forces Squadron assistant Alpha Flight chief, and Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th SFS Alpha Flight chief, confront a simulated active shooter during a training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training enabled defenders to test new equipment, practice communication and coordination techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, directs exercise participants to evacuate the building during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, directs exercise participants to evacuate the building during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th SFS defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Marine Corps Marines from the Provost Marshal’s Office special reaction team clears a hallway during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th Security Forces Squadron defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Marine Corps Marines from the Provost Marshal’s Office special reaction team clears a hallway during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th Security Forces Squadron defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps Marine from the Provost Marshal’s Office special reaction team helps a simulated hostage during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th Security Forces Squadron defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps Marine from the Provost Marshal’s Office special reaction team helps a simulated hostage during an active shooter training exercise June 25, 2018, at Ryukyu Middle School, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled 18th Security Forces Squadron defenders to work with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and the Kadena Fire Department to hone their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

Members of the 18th Security Forces Squadron conducted an active shooter exercise here June 25th.

 

The 18th SFS patrolmen constantly refine how they accomplish their mission. Part of that improvement process is their ability to work alongside a large variety of other agencies that can become involved in incidents that require a security forces response.

 

Airmen recently conducted training with a U.S. Marine Corps special reaction team and Kadena Fire Department on how to resolve an active-shooter event.

 

"Today we were practicing joint-agency and joint-service responses," said Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, 18th SFS standardization and evaluation superintendent. "We have agreements established that we want to continue to practice and allow to evolve."

 

The exercise participants practice communication and coordination techniques needed if an incident occurs requiring a response by more agencies than just security forces.

 

"Realistically, there’s no incident where other agencies won’t be involved," said Johnson. "Especially on a base where there’s so many different assets working together."

 

The training allows evaluators to identify opportunities for improving their planning and preparing capabilities with other agencies when responding to a variety of incidents.

 

"This is a way to sharpen our skillset, and a good chance to work with the other agencies on base, and in this case, our sister service," said Master Sgt. Matthew Bridge, 18th SFS avenger flight chief. "Getting together, and understanding each person’s role, trying to figure out what we can do to improve the next time, and if this ever happens in real life."

 

Kadena patrolmen used the exercise to rehearse several response scenarios and validate current procedures.

 

"Doing these types of exercise gives our Defenders the confidence to handle any incident," said Bridge. "We don’t expect this type of incident to happen, but we’ll be ready if it ever does."