WASHINGTON - Keeping Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (JBAB) military, civilian, and contractor personnel safe was the focus of an active shooter scenario designed to enhance training and readiness.
The scenario was one of many occurring during JBAB’s participation in the annual Navy-wide Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield force protection exercise.
JBAB-based Department of Defense (DOD) Police responded to the report of a shooter in a base office building. The police entry team searched for, located, and apprehended the shooter (role-player) according to procedures and training.
Role-playing victims were prepared with theatrical makeup to give them authentic looking wounds. The scenario was unstaged and unscripted, complete with victims who screamed and ran, shouted for help, or sheltered in place.
“Realistic scenarios provide unique opportunities for Navy Anti-Terrorism (AT) personnel to experience and learn from live situations. We want to be fully prepared for this kind of situation,” said JBAB Commander Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra. “So, the purpose was to fine-tune our skills in this area and to respond to the event as it is happening.”
Similar to the chaos that occurs in a real situation, the team encountered conflicting reports, noted JBAB’s Readiness and Training officer, Tim Trammell.
“The person who was shot and under stress was saying there was someone else doing the shooting. The calm and cool guy was saying ‘no, there wasn’t another shooter,’” Trammell said.
“I think we had a really good response, which resulted in successfully determining whether a second shooter was included in the scenario,” Trammell said.
DOD Police Capt. Carlos Ansley, a member of the JBAB police training team, said, “The entry team was prepared for realistic incidents where we are dealing not only with suspects but with witnesses and victims that are under high levels of stress . and could give conflicting reports.”
Ansley stated, “The response teams successfully confronted the threat, while the security posture of the base was increased to its highest force protection level, including a complete lockdown. After the exercise scenario was complete, we resumed normal operations on the base.”
Following apprehension of the shooter, JBAB’s Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to treat and transport the wounded.
Calandra explained that the base hosts this type of training year-round, “Live drills are just one piece of a multi-pronged training program.”