‘Raiders’ prepare with live ammo during active-shooter training
Soldiers with the 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn. clear a room during active-shooter training Oct. 24.
Story by: Shandi Pase
1ST INF. DIV. POST
More than 60 Soldiers with the 977th Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion participated in active-shooter training Oct. 24 at the Fort Riley range.
During the training, Soldiers had to clear a building with an active shooter randomly located within the building in a daytime scenario, as well as a limited visibility or nighttime scenario.
Training began with the platoon qualifying with MP9 pistols, followed by glasshouse training, room clearing and shoot-house walkthroughs.
"Then, the platoon completed a certification phase, where teams of two certified by conducting dry-fire exercises," said 1st Lt. Nathan Elkins, platoon leader, 2nd platoon, 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn. "Once the Soldiers were certified, they completed the active-shooter scenario during daylight hours with live ammunition. After daylight scenarios, Soldiers certified on a limited-visibility scenario, utilizing a flashlight to identify and engage targets within the shoot house. Once the platoon was certified on the limited-visibility scenario, they completed limited visibility utilizing live ammunition."
The training was conducted in preparation for the company's upcoming road commitment.
"Active-shooter training prepares Soldiers to respond to scenarios like the Fort Hood, (Texas), incident," Elkins said. "It is not tactical clearing, but designed to seek and eliminate the threat in the shortest amount of time possible. Active-shooter training utilizes live ammunition in very confined spaces, putting a lot of trust and confidence in the Soldier standing next to you."