Base-wide training begins at WPAFB

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday begins week-long training exercises at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for various emergency situations. The base is confident the training will run smoothly after last summer’s false active shooter alert.

Col. Tom Sherman says he’s confident in the steps taken to improve communication since last August. “We want people to have an opportunity to experience and think about these scenarios before they actually have to deal with them in a real-world event.”

The 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patt is preaching readiness as they embark on a regularly scheduled, weeklong training session.

Col. Sherman says, “They’re going to hear ‘exercise, exercise, exercise’ at the beginning of the message and at the end of the message, so that anybody who might be within earshot especially near the installation will hear those things.”

Communication a key focus as the base hones the lessons learned from last August. Among the exercises scheduled this week: CPR training, AED testing, a hazardous material scenario, and mass casualty response.

Col. Sherman says this training won’t pay off solely in areas of conflict overseas. “Any of these scenarios could be encountered here in the Miami Valley, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, that would require us to sustain and support ourselves here, work through mutual assistance with our partners that surround the base or having them support us in such an emergency.”

Lack of communication was a major factor last August, so the base made changes. Col. Sherman says they’ll now “Make sure all of our community partners have a sense of what’s going on and what our objectives are. I think what that does is build a sense of confidence in each other.”

In addition, the Inspector General’s office will run a hotline for anyone with questions about a specific drill. Col. Sherman says, “I’m very, very pleased with the way this is going, and I’m excited to see what comes to us in the future on a lot of our exercise opportunities.”

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the base made his office aware of the training exercises, but they’re not taking part at this time.

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