Thursday, June 26, 2008

Old Guard team takes part in joint exercise at Walter Reed

photo by Pfc. Erica Weidner
Sgt. Tyler Seeling, Pvt. Jonathan Freeman, and Pfc. Gordon Simonis of MDW's Special Reaction Team, a part of the 289th MP Company, discuss training with the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team after a joint operation training exercise at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Soldiers of the Military District of Washington Special Reaction Team from the 289th MP Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) executed a joint assault exercise on Monday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Silver Spring, Md.

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.