• SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Soldiers storm a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 21, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Soldiers storm a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 21, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Logan Hobbs, military police, 3rd Infantry Brigade, 25th Infantry Division provides security in a hallway during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 22, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Logan Hobbs, military police, 3rd Infantry Brigade, 25th Infantry Division provides security in a hallway during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 21, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards Pfc. Tyler Haywood, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade  as he engages targets in a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 21, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " A Soldier guards Pfc. Tyler Haywood, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade as he engages targets in a room during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " An explosive charge opens a way for a squat to rush into a breech during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and Department of the Army Civilians from the Directorate of Emergency Services, here, train to certify as SRT members, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team, at the shoot house, here, Aug. 22, 2012. During this portion of the training the Soldiers trained on room clearing and explosive breeching.

    Special Reaction Team

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " An explosive charge opens a way for a squat to rush into a breech during a Special Reaction Team (SRT) training event where Military Police from Korea, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 25th Infantry Division, and...

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii --Silent they stand at the doorway, nine in total. A simple mission lays before them, clear the building, secure the safety of the hostages.

The seconds go by like a minutes. A squeeze shoots through the line as each Soldier grabs the one in front of them signaling not only are they ready to go, they have each others back.

The Soldiers tense up, they've done this before but it's never easy, suddenly a sharp, quick explosion pierces the silence. The flex-linear charge, set up moments before on the door surgically cuts an opening.

And through the smoke, once more into the breach they go.

For these military police Soldiers part of a group of 26 Soldiers from units in Korea, the 25th Inf. Div., the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment command, and the Directorate of Emergency Services, Hawaii, the last thing on their mind is how they are just training or their graduation as Special Reaction Team members later in the week, here, on Aug 24.

They focus on their mission; distractions are for Soldiers not ready for the brutal realities of the SRT, the Army's equivalent of a SWAT team. A unit that stands ready to rapidly engage in hostage situations, conduct drug stings and provide an added level of firepower and skill sets to the Military Police mission.

The teams burst through the breach like water through a busted dam. Any room that wasn't occupied by a Soldier soon found three.

Smoke and haze fill the hallways but a simple strategy keeps the teams on the move.

Find a room, stack, first two enter, third stands watch., clear the room, restack, move to the next room.

Pop-pop… pop.

A rhythmic sound of bullets echoes through the house, pop-pop…pop, pop-pop… pop.

The sounds of life and death.

Every room contains enemies, hostages or both. The movements are mechanical, second nature, decisions few, but the Soldiers know that the one decision they have to make is why they were chosen

To know when to pull or not to pull the trigger.

Shoot too quickly, miss the enemy, or worse shoot too quickly hit the hostage.

A teams comes up on the second to last room, they enter.

The Soldier to the left pulls up his rifle, a split second decision is made, he fires two shots into the chest and one in the head of the silhouette, a terrorist's silhouette. He looks to his right his teammate holds his 9mm at the ready --having run out of M4 rounds--three bullet holes mark his target, another terrorist.

They restack, one room left.

No chances will be taken, one of the Soldiers pulls out what they call a distraction device, a name that doesn't do justice to its crippling stun capability.

Without a word the team choreographs a grenade toss.

A silent count is given. Three… two… one… boom.

The team storms into the final room, a thick cloud of smoke fills the room, in an instant shots ring out.

Their decisions… perfect.

The last terrorist is down. The last hostage is saved.

End exercise.

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