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Posted: July 20, 2017 2:46 p.m.
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Military Police train to prepare themselves for worldwide threats

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Soldiers from 546 MP Co., 385th MP Battalion, execute clearing a building July 13 at Fort Stewart. The exercise was conducted to provide the community better equipped personnel in real life situations.

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The 546th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, conducted their annual active shooter training, at Fort Stewart, July 13.

The purpose of this training is to give Soldiers a better understanding and to prepare them to help protect the community in an active shooter situation.

“This training is crucial, especially due to the recent increase in active shooter threats both stateside and abroad,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Melchiorre, a 546th MP Co., platoon sergeant,   and noncommissioned officer in charge of the range; where the training was being conducted.

During this training, Soldiers go through a crawl, walk, run phase to make sure they get the fundamentals down and get a better understanding of what they are doing.

“This training teaches the Soldiers how to respond to an active shooter situation,” said Melchiorre. “It is a very intense and stressful situation and this training gives the soldiers a sense of what an active shooter situation would be like.”

The Soldiers first went through a floor plan of a building, learning how to properly clear rooms and hallways.

Afterwards, they went over how to react to coming under fire, how to neutralize the threat and secure the target.

Finally, the military police men and women combined their newly taught skills into practice – successfully clearing the location in a realistic active shooter scenario.

“The training is very positive,” said Spc. Irving Cintron, a Soldier with 546th MP Co.   "Reaction in a stressful environment makes every movement between you and your partner that much more vital.”

“The most important thing during this exercise is communication,” said Cintron. “Knowing where your partner is going to be is important to make sure that no one from your team gets hurt when and if this becomes a real situation.”


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