39th MP SRTs react to active shooter drill

| September 5, 2014 | 5 Comments
Soldiers advancing inside a hallway, weapons ready.

The SRT of the 39th MPD waits to enter a building with a known active shooter holding hostages, Aug. 20.


Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Members from the Special Reaction Team (SRT), 39th Military Police Detachment, reacted to an active shooter response exercise, here.

The 39th’s SRT, which falls under the 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, held the exercise, Aug. 20, as part of the Army’s annual antiterrorism month.

Schofield Barracks’ Directorate of Emergency Services teamed up with 9th Mission Support Command to help prepare and train their Soldiers and civilian employees for a real-world event.

“This helps to solidify our relationships,” said 1st Lt. Bradley Freeman, the officer in charge of the SRT, referring to the many emergency responders the 39th MPD worked with during the exercise. “It’s a team effort to help eliminate the threat and resolve the situation.”

“Once there’s a confirmed shooting, we are called,” said Sgt. David Padilla, SRT entry team leader. “It’s up to us; we are the last resort.”

After receiving a call, the team has a two-hour recall window in which to respond to a situation, no matter where or what it is doing.


Soldiers searching an active shooter restrained on the ground.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Faulkner, antiterrorism and force protection NCO, 9th MSC, and roleplaying active shooter, is searched by the 39th MPD’s SRT, during a response training exercise, Aug. 20.

Playing the role as the active shooter, Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Faulkner, 9th MSC antiterrorism and force protection noncommissioned officer, said the team performed very well, and all were professionals every step of the way.

“Their commands and actions made it very clear they were in control,” said Faulkner.

The SRT safely detained anyone they came across while they cleared offices and cubicles.

“It was very challenging. We have to make sure we cover every angle,” said Padilla.

The SRT is a mix of Department of Defense civilian and military
police. Being a part of the team requires members to have sharp tactical skills to execute their various missions.

“It’s not just about being a great shot, you have to have a strong mind and great problem-solving skills,” said Padilla.

Responding to an active shooter is just one scenario the team trains for throughout the year, and Padilla said that it was the experience of working inside different buildings that his team looked forward to the most.

“It was a great training exercise,” said Padilla. “I hope we can come out here and train some more.”

Padilla said, that in spite of most of his team being new on the job, they handled the situation and themselves very professionally.
“Overall, the mission was a success,” he said.

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