Defenders shoot, move, communicate through training

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  • By Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
When an unfortunate event occurs on base, such as an active shooter, there needs to be some sort of protection for the public.

The 86th Security Forces Squadron is that line of defense on Ramstein. The 86th SFS is responsible for protecting the people, resources and property on Ramstein, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"As a defender, you're ultimately going to be base security whether you're working as an entry controller at the gates, working flight line security or even patrolling," said Tech. Sgt. Jacob See, 86th SFS instructor. "Security and law and order are our baseline."

In order to be an effective unit, security forces conduct training a few times a month to keep their skills sharp. "Shoot, Move, Communicate" training is one of the training sessions that equip defenders with the skills and know-how of what to do in a high-risk scenario.

"This is training where defenders learn to shoot, move and communicate in combat situations," said Staff Sgt. Jeffery Fitzgerald, 86th SFS instructor. "The skills learned are a great foundation for defenders all across the Air Force."

During the training, defenders learned different ways to handle a weapon, as well as the correct form for facing movements when their weapon is drawn. Two-man teams tactically crept alongside each other simulating engaging an armed enemy. The defenders yelled different strategic terms so they could be on track with their counterparts during the fast paced, but systematic training.

"There's going to be chaos in every situation, but we can minimize that chaos by not having communication failures with one another," said Fitzgerald.

The defenders practiced the proper way to hold their weapons in groups before they began shooting at targets from a stationary position.

Completing training such as this one keeps security forces prepared when a threat presents itself. "Shoot, Move, Communicate" training is just one of the tools security forces used to enhance the overall safety of Ramstein.