Protecting our own: Soldiers, Marines train against active shooters
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Clifton Mcfatridge, military police from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, pratices his positive identification of a threat during a two-day joint training exercise conducted by the Grand P... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Maj. Nita Harvey, operations sergeant major for the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, stands at the low-ready providing rear security for her team in a hallway clearing drill during a two-day joint train... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A police officer from the Grand Prairie Police Department provides instruction to U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, during a simulated round drill that tested skills learned during a two-day... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Austin Dunaway and Police Officer Matthew Dick, both military police from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, practice quick draw techniques during a two-day joint training exercise conducted by the G... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Kevin Moore (left), Spc. Austin Dunaway, and Sgt. Clinton Condo, all military police from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, prepare to clear a hallway during a two-day joint training exercise conduct... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, tactically exit a cleared room during a two-day joint training exercise conducted by the Grand Prairie Police Department in Mansfield, Texas, March 24. More... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, practice clearing a room and eliminating the staged threat during a two-day joint training exercise conducted by the Grand Prairie Police Department in Mans... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Grand Prairie Police Officer Nathan Lawless, patrol/SWAT, provides a block of instruction to U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, and Marines during a two-day joint training exercise in Mansfie... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 607th Military Police Battalion, of the 200th MP Command, participate in a two-day joint training exercise conducted by the Grand Prairie Police Department in Mansfield, Texas, March 24. More than 15 service member... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

The training lasted two days, taking ten Soldiers and six Marines through multiple scenarios.

They learned weapon positioning, proper footwork, and communication skills. They performed discrimination drills by entering a room full of cutout targets, from innocent civilians to actual threats. In a split second, they had to make life-and-death decisions at the pull of a trigger. They ran dry-fire drills, clearing rooms as two and four-person teams. The training culminated with four simulated scenarios with increasingly complex threats.

"The Army Reserve has taken a very proactive approach in enhancing the safety and security of our Soldiers," said U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Matthew Dick, executive officer for the 607th Military Police Battalion based out of the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Dick is also a SWAT team member with the Grand Prairie Police Department, which led the training. It provided instructors and equipment to help make the event a success.

"They [training attendees] now have a common knowledge of what their capabilities and tactics are in response to an active shooter situation," said Dick.

What began as a fast-paced introductory course at a repurposed building, culminated in a growing relationship between all three entities. Though they wear different uniforms, they share the same commitment: serve and protect the United States and its citizens.

"I don't think you can put that into words-knowing that you help save lives, that's what we do-in the military and in the police department, that's our job," said Officer Nathan Lawless, Patrol/SWAT, GPPD.

The U.S. Army Reserve published a directive in January, requiring armed Soldiers and increasing security measures at stand alone facilities following attacks in 2015.

This training is a direct result of that enhanced force protection and physical security directive, said Dick.

At the beginning of day one, the groups gravitated to like uniforms. "We started out being just Marines and Army, and then we blended it together," said Sgt. Adam Rendon, property book noncommissioned officer for the 607th MP Bn. As the day and training progressed, comfort levels rose and the two groups blended.

"It's actually really cool to work with our brothers and sisters in arms. It's really nice to interact with different services and get a feel for how they operate because we do share a base," said Marine Sgt. Steve Cunningham, cyber chief, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines.

The police officers taught the trainees their best practices and tailored the training to best benefit the group. The collaboration allowed the service members to learn from years of SWAT, patrol and civilian law enforcement experience.

Sgt. Jillian Carlino, training noncommissioned officer for the 607th MP Batt., said that training with the local law enforcement has made her a more confident noncommissioned officer and military police. It will give them a more secure presence in the community, she said.

The students didn't just learn from the officers. They also learned from each other. Both Marines and Soldiers talked through scenarios and strategized tactics as they went room by room through the building. Learned methods were passed around from group to group as the teams were shuffled.

"It was a great learning experience," said Rendon, who joked that he learned through a great deal of mistakes during the scenarios, but ultimately feels more prepared as a result. "We don't want anybody to get hurt, whether it be Soldier or Civilian, which is the whole concept of this training."

The possibility of threats at reserve centers have become a reality in recent years. These skills allow the men and women at installations to prepare for those situations.

"The Army Reserve always has, always will have Soldier safety and security as a top priority," said Dick. "They now have a common knowledge of what their capabilities and tactics are in response to an active shooter."