Thursday, June 26, 2008
photo by Pfc. Erica Weidner
As part of continuing national level Render Safe exercises, the team linked with FBI Washington Field Office SWAT for the purpose of joint tactical assault planning, coordination and execution while maintaining operational proficiency.
The MDW team’s goal is to protect Army personnel and installations from violent protests and terrorist attacks.
‘‘The primary mission is to save lives,” said Sgt.1st Class Matthew Flick, noncommissioned officer in charge of the task organization. ‘‘We resolve any threats deemed by the MDW commander.”
The MPs performed a real life scenario in which they had to clear and secure a known terrorist safe house.
‘‘We made entry through a bunch of clutter and debris. Shots were fired, then we returned fire,” said Staff Sgt. Baron R. Fulp, a SRT squad leader. ‘‘We cleared each room in the building one at a time and secured five role-playing agents. Nobody was hurt including the bad guys and no devices were detonated; it was a successful mission.”
The MPs will be conducting SRT training on post throughout the end of July.