• Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Branchetti, the range noncommissioned office-in-charge, gives instruction at Kabul Military Training Center’s Range 17 during an introduction to Quick Reaction Drill Training July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Branchetti, the range noncommissioned office-in-charge, gives instruction at Kabul Military Training Center’s Range 17 during an introduction to Quick Reaction Drill Training July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

  • Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, deputy commander-Regional Support, fires at a 25-meter target during Quick Reaction Drill Training at Kabul Military Training Center’s Range 17 July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, deputy commander-Regional Support, fires at a 25-meter target during Quick Reaction Drill Training at Kabul Military Training Center’s Range 17 July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

  • Maj. Laura Skinner, executive officer, puts a 9-millimeter round into the M-9 pistol of  Maj. Mark Franciskowicz, operations officer, both of DCOM-Regional Support, during “Ball and Dummy Drill” phase training at KMTC’s Range 17 July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Maj. Laura Skinner, executive officer, puts a 9-millimeter round into the M-9 pistol of Maj. Mark Franciskowicz, operations officer, both of DCOM-Regional Support, during “Ball and Dummy Drill” phase training at KMTC’s Range 17 July 28. (Photo...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Branchetti, the range noncommissioned office-in-charge, shows the correct shooting stance after vacating a chair at KMTC July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Branchetti, the range noncommissioned office-in-charge, shows the correct shooting stance after vacating a chair at KMTC July 28. (Photo by Jon Connor)

  • Col. Richard Wilson, commander, Regional Support Command-South, and others react upon range instruction to vacate their chairs and quickly turn forward to position themselves on a knee to fire down range during Quick Reaction Drill Training. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Col. Richard Wilson, commander, Regional Support Command-South, and others react upon range instruction to vacate their chairs and quickly turn forward to position themselves on a knee to fire down range during Quick Reaction Drill Training. (Photo by...

  • Personnel fire at targets after quickly transitioning from being seated to positioning themselves on one knee at KMTC July 28 as part of Quick Reaction Drill Training. (Photo by Jon Connor)

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    Personnel fire at targets after quickly transitioning from being seated to positioning themselves on one knee at KMTC July 28 as part of Quick Reaction Drill Training. (Photo by Jon Connor)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Leaders attending the Regional Support Commanders Conference got a break from indoor presentations and took to range training the morning of July 28 at the Kabul Military Training Center.

The training -- defensive in nature -- is a direct result of the horrific shooting spree at Kabul International Airport April 27 when an Afghan military pilot opened fire and killed nine U.S. personnel during a meeting.

The leadership of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, developed and is now implementing this training for those coalition personnel serving in an advisory role.

The training is designed to teach personnel how to react with their pistol in a meeting-type setting -- where people are sitting -- to disable a would-be shooter.

During the training July 28, DCOM-RS headquarters personnel and its six Regional Support Command commanders and sergeants major where trained progressively from basic shooting techniques to getting up from a chair and turning left and right -- in different iterations -- and then resting on one knee to hit the target.

During some scenarios, personnel were given dummy rounds to determine any fundamental flaws in their shooting technique.

The half-day training at Range 17 -- a 25-meter range -- was an introduction to more detailed training that is mandatory the following month, said Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Branchetti, the range noncommissioned office-in-charge.

A total of 180 rounds per person were fired in the introductory training using an M-9 pistol with 9 millimeter rounds.

The detailed training will last two consecutive days and will certify those personnel in Quick Reaction Drill Training, Branchetti said. In this training, 800 rounds will be fired individually.

“Dry-fire” training will then be taught at the unit station for the next two months before another two-day training to re-certify is completed.

The training is continuous, Branchetti said, to keep leaders/advisers ready to respond to a life-threatening situation in an office setting.

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