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Airman 1st Class Chloe Dovi and Master Sgt. Joshua Stephenson, force responders with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, respond during an active shooter exercise during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. Exercises give base personnel an opportunity to practice responding to a crisis and review their actions later in an effort to become more proficient should a real world situation occur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher DeWitt)

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Senior Airman Marlone Delgado, response force leader with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, clears a building during Opnicius Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. Exercises are conducted regularly to test the base's response. The 50th Space Wing Inspector General's office members evaluated emergency responders and offered feedback following the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher DeWitt)

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James Kuhn, Jerry Quintana and Jon Rinesmith, firefighters with the Schriever Air Force Base Fire Department, tend to an exercise victim during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. The 50th Space Wing Inspector General’s office conducted OV 18-1 to evaluate the wing's first responders’ ability to respond to an emergency situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Senior Airman Xavier Marrero, response force leader with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, briefs Staff Sgt. Gregory Spearman, Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, on a suspicious package during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. EOD personnel tested their ability to identify and neutralize the simulated device. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher DeWitt)

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Airman 1st Class Chloe Dovi, response force member with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, stands vigilant after engaging an exercise active shooter during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. Dovi and other 50th SFS Airman were tested in their response and ability to address a crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Airman 1st Class Chloe Dovi, front, response force member and Senior Airman Marlon Delgado, response force leader, both with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, converge on an exercise active shooter during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. The 50th SFS responders were able to neutralize the threat and secure the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Airman 1st Class Chloe Dovi, left, response force member and Senior Airman Marlon Delgado, right, response force leader, both with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, rescue Gregory Stout, center, police officer with the 50th SFS, during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. Emergency personnel rescued the injured throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Security forces Airmen help an exercise victim to safety during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. The exercise rescued individual was escorted to a secure area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Staff Sgt. Gregory Spearman, Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, dons a protective suit during a bomb threat scenario during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. EOD helped secure the area from any threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Staff Sgt. Chelsea Boe, military working dog handler with the 21st Security Forces Squadron, and her dog standby to secure an exercise active shooter location during Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 6, 2018. Military working dog handlers tested their ability during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Staff Sergeants Rachael Avery, left, contracting specialist, and Michael Staskowiak, center, contracting officer, both with the 50th Contracting Squadron, and Master Sgt. Peter Jason Uson, right, readiness non-commissioned officer with the 50th Force Support Squadron, follow mobility bag inventory instructions during exercise Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 8, 2018. The 50th Space Wing Inspector General’s office conducted the deployment phase of the exercise to evaluate the wing's ability to mobilize its members and to respond to various incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

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Staff Sgt. Benjamin Lara, patrolman with the 50th Security Forces Squadron, prepares his weapon for the deployment phase of Opinicus Vista 18-1 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 8, 2018. Rapid deployment scenarios are conducted to evaluate the wing’s readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --

Emergency personnel responded to a simulated active shooter and explosive ordinance scenario for Opinicus Vista 18-1, a base-wide exercise which ran March 6-8.

Airmen throughout the base demonstrated their ability to respond to these emergency scenarios, as well as adapt to lockdown procedures for the wing’s largest exercise of the year.

The exercise kicked-off with a simulated active shooter scenario. Emergency responders promptly reacted to the situation, securing the area and alerting the base populace to the threat. 

“This is the first big exercise we’ve done this year,” said Capt. Joseph Villalpando, wing exercise program manager with the 50th Space Wing Inspector General’s office. “If you look at the news, there’s crazy stuff happening all the time. Having our people prepared for any kind of situation is important.”

Security forces personnel were able to neutralize the active shooter; and discovered a simulated unexploded ordinance, prompting a response from Explosive Ordinance Disposal members with the 21st Civil Engineering Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.

The Schriever Air Force Base Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Medical personnel worked hand in hand to treat the simulated injured.

EOD combined man and technology, dressing one of their own in a protective suit while deploying a special bomb disposal robot to quickly neutralize the threat.

Tech. Sgt. Martin Howard, section chief of wing exercises with the 50th IG, and veteran of past base exercises, praised OV 18-1’s unique use of EOD resources.

Base personnel furthered this trend of readiness throughout the exercise’s duration.

The 50th IG conducted a deployment line to display the wing’s ability to mobilize its members to respond to various incidents March 8.

“We’re a military institution, so we need to be able to deploy our people on short notice if anything ever comes up,” Villalpando said.

Exercise evaluators commended the base response.

“Everyone who participated was able to meet their objectives,” Villalpando said. “Seeing overall coordination with different units was great.”

He explained base-wide exercises such as OV 18-1 provide valuable training opportunities and help strengthen bonds between units.

“During our hot wash, fire department and EOD representatives were saying how they were able to communicate very well,” Villalpando said. “For units such as Rocky Mountain Medical personnel, their leadership was telling us how helpful it (the exercise) was for them, since normally they don’t have enough people to plan out their own exercises.”

Martin and Villalpando agreed base-wide exercises help to strengthen the base and its ties to the local community and emergency responders, keeping Schriever Airmen ready for anything in uncertain times.

“We plan accordingly to meet our objectives and we do that by reaching out to the base populace,” Martin said. “By reaching out to them, we can help them meet their readiness requirements as well, and they did.”

These lessons will be carried on for the next exercise, Opinicus Vista 18-2, tentatively scheduled for June.