Security forces at Cannon AFB, N.M., participated with local law enforcement officials in a three-day training course in early May taught by the National Tactical Officers Association on how to deploy rapidly and respond to a shooter on the base. “This is the first time NTOA has conducted training on Cannon,” said MSgt. Kimberly Grewe of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron. “We’re training to respond if there was a shooter inside a largely populated facility, such as schools, the base exchange, or large office buildings.” The course included classroom instruction and practicing movement tactics. On the final day, four-man security fire teams were put through the paces in various shooter scenarios. (Cannon report by A1C Elliott Sprehe)
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.