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Moody holds active shooter training

Stephen Goodman Stephen Goodman
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

  Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta now has a better idea of how prepared it is for an active shooter situation.   The base conducted an active shooter training exercise Friday morning.       

The base was locked down for several hours as it conducted an active shooter training exercise.   And even though it was just an exercise, the Airmen responded as if it was a real active shooter situation.  

"It's important for the wing to exercise with as much realism as possible. We'll get all kinds of feedback for the wing commander and our wing members," said Lt. Col. Stephen Goodman, 23rd Wing Inspector General.  

To help with the realism, several people assigned to be the victims wore make up to simulate having been shot by the gunman.   The exercise tested the Airmen on several different levels.  

"Evasion from the scene, actually bedding down and protecting themselves from within their work centers, and then ultimately the communication between members of the wing and making sure we have good accountability," said Goodman.  

Goodman says not only will this exercise help prepare the Airmen now, but it will also help shape future active shooter exercises to make them even more effective for the Airmen.  

"Potentially, there are all kinds of related scenarios that we can conduct next time to either challenge the wing in areas where we identified weaknesses or continue to build on this event in complexity or in scope," said Goodman.    

An effort that will help make Moody safer in case the Airmen ever have to use this training for real.

 

 

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