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177th SFS hosts Active Shooter Training

A picture of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Torres from the 610th Security Forces Squadron instructing Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers on active shooter tactics.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Torres from the 610th Security Forces Squadron instructs Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers on active shooter tactics at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., Sept. 24, 2014. Torres is part of an Air Force Reserve mobile training team. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of Beretta M9 semi automatic pistols modded with Simunition parts sitting on a table.

Beretta M9 semi automatic pistols modded with Simunition parts sit on a table prior to training use at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. The weapons were used by New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers during Active Shooter Level I training on Sept. 24, 2014. Simunition converts weapons into non-lethal training aids. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers wearing protective gear during active shooter training.

New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers wear protective gear during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J., Sept. 24, 2014. The Active Shooter Level I course was taught by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Roy Blackledge from the 177th Security Forces Squadron instructing local law enforcement officers on the Beretta M9.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Roy Blackledge from the 177th Security Forces Squadron instructs local law enforcement officers on the Beretta M9 at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class John Stakeman from the 177th Security Forces Squadron waiting for an active shooter scenario to start.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class John Stakeman from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron waits for a scenario to start during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 177th Security Forces Squadron put on protective gear prior to an active shooter scenario.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron put on protective gear prior to a scenario during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tafrow from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron entering a room and engaging a simulated shooter.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tafrow from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron enters a room and engages a simulated shooter during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tafrow from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron reloading after engaging a simulated shooter.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tafrow from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron reloads after engaging a simulated shooter during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stardust Santiago from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron providing rear security for an entry team.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stardust Santiago from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron provides rear security for an entry team during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stardust Santiago from the 177th Security Forces Squadron looking to a teammate for hand signals.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stardust Santiago from New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron looks to a teammate for hand signals during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

A picture of New Jersey State Trooper Steven Hillesheim playing the role of a barricaded suspect.
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New Jersey State Trooper Steven Hillesheim plays the role of a barricaded suspect during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Tucker clears a room during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. Tucker is a Gunner's Mate assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Tucker clears a room during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. Tucker is a Gunner's Mate assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

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New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers listen to a debrief after an active shooter training scenario at Atlantic Cape Community College, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Tucker, right, takes off protective gear at the end of a scenario during active shooter training at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J., Sept. 24, 2014. New Jersey Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and local law enforcement officers were taught Active Shooter Level I training by an Air Force Reserve mobile training team from the 610th Security Forces Squadron, which is based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. The scenarios were designed to be realistic, and to put the participants under stress. Tucker is a Gunner's Mate assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. -- The New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron played host to a mobile training team from the Air Force Reserve's 610th Security Forces Squadron this week at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. The team of instructors from the 610th SFS, stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, taught Active Shooter Level I training to a mix of Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and civilian law enforcement officers.

"An active shooter call is the worst call possible," said lead instructor Master Sgt. Bruce Harris.

"Our course aims to aid first responders to effectively isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter," continued Harris. "Our goal is to save as many lives as we can."

The mobile training team taught two courses this week, each two days in length. The first day was classroom training on base, and the second day was practical training at Atlantic Cape Community College, in Mays Landing, N.J., where an empty building was used for tactical movements.

Tech. Sgt. James Armstrong, from the 177th SFS training office, not only helped to arrange the class, but participated as well.

"While we do our own training program here at the 177th, it is great to see what other agencies do, how they train, prepare, and respond," said Armstrong. "Working with other agencies gives us an opportunity to network and to exchange ideas with other military and law enforcement agencies. This is necessary because of the very dynamic, fluid nature of those we are trained to oppose in situations such as this. The tactics used by suspects are always changing, therefore our training must be designed to change and adapt to the enemy."

During the practical phase of the course, students were armed with Simunition rounds and protective gear, and participated in realistic active shooter scenarios.

"I found this training extremely helpful, useful, and realistic," said Staff Sgt. Stardust Santiago, a 177th SFS Airman who participated in the course. "This class should be mandatory for all first responders, period. The instructors were amazing, knowledgeable, and gave fantastic feedback. This is the best training experience I've had in my military and civilian law enforcement career to date."

"City, state, and federal law officers, they're all here to do what they signed up for, to protect their communities," said Harris.