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Team Moody conducts active shooter exercise

A photo of Airmen getting out of police cars.

U.S. Air Force 23rd Security Forces Squadron rescue task force pulls up to an active shooter scene at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. The 23rd SFS and 23rd Civil Engineering squadron first responders worked together to clear the building and isolate the shooter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

A photo of an Airman laying on the ground.

A make-up artist spreads fake blood on a simulated victim’s body before an active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021 Team Moody first responder worked in coordination with Lowndes County Sheriffs special response team to conduct a realistic exercise to test the installation on lockdown and reaction procedures during an active shooter incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

A photo of a man holding weapon.

Gary Weis, 23rd Security Forces member, aims a fake gun at the first responders at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. During the exercise, the active shooter was instructed to make his capture as difficult as possible to test the response capability of first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

A photo of Airman holding weapon.

A U.S. Air Force 23rd Security Forces Airman covers his wingmen while they sweep the building at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. To ensure safety of the rescue task forces and simulated victims, 23rd SFS would check for possible threats and cover for their wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

A photo of an airman laying on the ground.

A participant pretends to be unconscious during an active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. Team Moody first responder worked in coordination with Lowndes County Sheriffs special response team to conduct a realistic exercise to test the installation on lockdown and reaction procedures during an active shooter incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

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U.S. Air Force 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron rescue task force run toward the active incident at the Airman’s Attic at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. During the exercise, the 23rd CES recovered the “injured” simulated victims and safely carried them to the 23rd Medical Group’s ambulance service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

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An injured simulated victim crawls to safety during an active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. During the exercise, the rescue task force swept the building while removing hostages from the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

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U.S. Air Force 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron rescue task force members carry a participant on a stretcher during an active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. Once simulated victims were safely recovered, they were tended to by 23rd Medical Group’s ambulance service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

A photo of Airmen holding weapons.

U.S. Air Force 23rd Security Forces Squadron rescue task force sweep the Airman’s Attic at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. The 23rd SFS officers swept a building to look for more armed threats during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

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U.S Air Force 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters carry a participant during an active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. As a part of the rescue task force, 23rd CES firefighters responded to the training by recovering “injured” simulated victims involved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

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U.S. Air Force 23rd Medical Group ambulance service members tend to injured participants during the active shooter exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 21, 2021. Team Moody first responder worked in coordination with Lowndes County Sheriffs special response team to conduct a realistic exercise to test the installation on lockdown and reaction procedures during an active shooter incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Moody held its annual active shooter exercise to prepare Airmen and civilians throughout the base for a potential armed threat.

 

Team Moody first responder worked in coordination with Lowndes County Sheriffs special response team to conduct a realistic exercise to test the installation on lockdown and reaction procedures during an active shooter incident.

 

“We want to test our wing’s capability to isolate a threat, retrieve and treat patients and transport them for advanced life care,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Abrahamson, 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron fire chief. “For this event in particular we wanted to utilize and test the capability of our rescue task force. That’s a tactical capability that the incident commander has in order to get patients out of a hostile area quickly so that they have a better survival rate.”

 

During the exercise, members reacted according to their incident lockdown checklist with hopes that they could prevent as much damage to life and property in the process.

 

“This exercise is two-fold, “Abrahamson said. “On one side, the first responders are reacting to the incident while the rest of the base is testing their ability to remember: We have to lock the doors, hide, and barricade ourselves because we have no idea where the shooter is.”

 

The rescue task force, which include 23rd Security Forces and 23rd CES, responded quickly to the incident and worked together to clear the building and isolate the shooter. The rescue task force trained consistently for incidents like this.

 

“To prepare for this base-wide exercise today, we trained normally every 45 to 60 days or so over a mixture of classroom and practical exercise applications where we run through this training as a flight, “said Master Sgt. Richard Kirkland, 23rd SFS standardization and evaluation chief.

 

“It is always important to remember the life-saving steps to take when facing a real-world active shooter incident: run, hide, or fight.”

 

Base exercises teach Moody personnel to expect the unexpected. This particular exercise shows people exactly how dangerous and unpredictable this type of situation can be.