FORT CAMPBELL, KY – On August 17th-18th, 2021, Applied Training Solutions (ATS) successfully designed and supported an emergency training exercise at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.  ATS facilitated the exercise by providing exercise planning, design, control, support, simulation services, and simulation cell management.  ATS’ industry leading proprietary technology and services permitted the members of US Army Garrison Fort Campbell to train on 16 Installation Management Command (IMCOM) core capabilities, which facilitated the testing of their six primary training objectives.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation’s Threat notification/mitigation activities as it relates to intelligence warning, and response & recovery operations during active shooter and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) events. These events compelled activation of their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) while responding to both events simultaneously, employing first responder assets (Law Enforcement and EMS) to neutralize the shooter and address mass casualty/fatality management and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) assets to render the VBIED safe in a timely manner to minimize loss of life and damage to installation assets.

The scenario began with intelligence lead-in messages gathered the week prior from social media postings from an extremist organization voicing dissatisfaction with the military and U.S. Government that were received and collected by the installation Public Affairs Office and Antiterrorism Officer (ATO).  This intelligence resulted in the installation Threat Fusion Cell activating to analyze the data and provide the Garrison Commander (GC) with recommended force protection measures.

On the first day of the exercise, two vehicles attempted to enter the installation.  The lead vehicle was driven by the shooter, ran the gate and proceeded to a training facility and began shooting, resulting in nine dead and 18 injured, requiring medical and mortuary affairs assets to provide triage/treatment for the injured and fatality management operations for the deceased.  The installation gate guards managed to stop the second vehicle carrying a VBIED, requiring the employment of law enforcement assets to evacuate a nearby high school and surrounding neighborhoods, and EOD assets to deactivate the explosive device.  The second day of the exercise focused on Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) Operations, fatality management operations to include notifications to Next of Kin, and activation and employment of the Recovery Working Group (RWG) culminating with a Press Conference by the Garrison Commander and selected staff.

The scenario created by the ATS team assisted Fort Campbell’s garrison in becoming more prepared to handle terrorist attacks on their soil, and what the protocol for a terrorist attack like that would be.

 

“As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercises solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. 

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